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Advice Needed on Moving Site to New Domain

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by hellonwheels, Apr 5, 2012.

  1. hellonwheels

    hellonwheels Junior Member

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    So, I'm moving a site from a great, PR3, aged domain with 25-30 keywords ranking on page 1 in GG.
    I have to for legal reasons. I have hundreds of great high PR backlinks going to all pages of the old site.

    I have a brand new domain name to move the site to. I'm going to copy the old site and move it to the new
    domain and do a 301 redirect from old site to new site. I will be using the instructions in the GG Webmasters area.

    Have you ever done this and can you give me some advice on how to keep my page 1 rankings in GG?

    Did your move go ok or did you have problems?

    What will happen to all my link juice that's going to the old site? Will it flow to the new site through the 301 redirect?

    I have a shitload of work to do. It's a local business site with Review pages, YT videos, LinkedIn page, FB page, Twitter page...all linked to the old site.

    All the links and the names on the social media pages have to be changed.

    Aargh!
     
  2. manolo12399

    manolo12399 Senior Member

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    I did on several of my sites, whn I started, I didnt have enough money so I bought some info domains, later I bought my country domain, and did exactly what you want to do.

    I did an htaccess 301 redirect for each and I mean each page of the old domain to the respective page on the new one. no 404 errors at all.

    Some of My info domains was ranking good, some less, especially for more harder to rank keywords, anyway in about a week or less the page from the info domains got replaced from the new domains, and got lot better rankings too. Like never managed to be on first page, now was 3rd or even 1st.

    Probabily also my country .LTD added some ranking, but I think also that my info was 2 years old, with back links etc, I think also that counted, too.
    By the way for the new LTD I got another hosting, don't know if that also influenced.

    The juice will flow to the new domain, and probabily you will get better ranking like I did, but, build links to the new site, my rankings after a month or 2 start to fall, now i dont know if was for some Panda update or who knows what.
    But started to rebuild links to the new site, and the ranking start to get better.

    And of course, do the google webmaster change too.

    Sorry if is a lit of a mess post, but keep writing what I remember happened.
     
  3. ugarte

    ugarte Junior Member

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    You will around 30% of the link juice in a 301 redirect. Try to contact the webmasters to have them update your backlinks to the new url. You could hire a Virtual Assistant on Odesk to do this for you.
     
  4. hellonwheels

    hellonwheels Junior Member

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    Thanks a lot for your info, Manolo! Sounds like you did everything right and did it well. I am expecting a drop in the rankings but I plan on building new backlinks to the new site after it gets indexed in GG.

    All the best to you.
     
  5. hellonwheels

    hellonwheels Junior Member

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    Thank you for the idea but there are hundreds (900?) of links in hundreds of blog
    comments and I doubt that the webmasters would want to take the time to
    change my anchor links.