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Best way to go about moving site to new domain?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by Adam718, Oct 5, 2013.

  1. Adam718

    Adam718 Senior Member

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    1 of my sites got hit by the update yesterday, and as cocky as it sounds, I never actually had to deal with a penalty and I need some advice now.

    This site has hundreds of unique, hand written articles on it. To me, the most logical thing to do would be to just simply remove the current domain and point a new domain to the site, essentially just giving this awesome site a new domain. Wouldn't that sort of reset it? I know I wont get the rank back, but if I just switch up the domain, wouldn't that unpenalize the site?

    Or do I need to do something more lengthy and annoying in order to save all the content and stuff?
     
  2. Adam718

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    Im sure dozens of you have dealt with this exact same thing. I'd appreciate some replies ;)
     
  3. Adam718

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    bump :/ cant believe I still got no replies.
     
  4. dokasaf

    dokasaf Newbie

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    good question, also wait for comments
     
  5. WadeyX

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    BackupBuddy Wordpress Plugin, I wouldn't act to drastically yet. I had a few sites drop in rankings, however today i've seen keywords climbing again. Give it time first.
     
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    wait several days till dust settles. analyze what caused this. then bump this thread again...
     
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    We're maybe not answering you because it's just tooo early to start acting. And you are maybe breaking the hopes of hunderds of other bhw members who were hit like you .
    Some people are still reporting a lot of dancing.
     
  8. orelywor

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    You could move everything to a different domain / different hosting (IP) and redirect all pages with a 301 redirect to the new site (page by page via .htaccess), although you'd still have a problem with your content.

    I would usually also change the settings in Google WMT (if used) and add rel=canonical meta tags to every article on my new site to avoid duplicate content issues with Google..

    However I am not sure if it would be the smartest idea, to tell Google you that you are running your SPAM (?) site on a new domain now...

    This doesn't make sense at all, so in my opinion the content is lost :/

    If you screwed it up with shady linkbuilding, you could try to remove as many trash links as you can, flag them with G! disavow tool and start a reinclusion request...


    If this happens to me, I start a new project right off the bat, but you can give it a try..

    regards
     
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  9. TehEpidemick

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    Id wait and see. ALso moving to a new domain gets rid of the penalty, but it also gets rid of all the work youve done ranking
     
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    Wait at least 2 weeks before you do anything, or you're just wasting your time. What would you do differently if nobody can determine what's changed in this updated?
     
  11. Adam718

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    I asked a question that has nothing to do with the update, though. I understand that a lot of you want to "let the dust settle", and that's a good idea, but I just want to know if giving this site a new domain would remove the penalty or if I'd have to move it to another server/hosting as well. I don't think I want to 301 anything because doesn't that just transfer the penalty?

    Im asking this because I want to be prepared for when the time does come where I know the site is fucked.
     
  12. dokasaf

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    someone can please answer it?????????????
     
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  14. Resolute

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    Copy all your files from host's file manager. Then copy database.
    Upload files to new host / domain.
    Create new db then upload the tables to it.
    If you used WP then you need to edit "wp-config.php" change the name/password/username from that of the old database to the new one.
    Set the DNS from your registrar.

    This is how I usually do this. However there are simpler ways, just check YouTube. There are hundreds of videos covering this.

    Good luck,
    Res
     
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    If you're really ready to move the site to a new domain you will need to:
    - 301 your old domain to the new domain
    - 301 all the articles from the old domain to the new domains (oldsite.com/article-1 has to 301 redirect to newsite.com/article-1)

    If you're using GTW (g. webmaster tools):
    - add the old domain and the new domain to GWT
    - fill out the "Change of Address" form (link: https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/83106?hl=en)

    And hope for the best.
     
  16. dokasaf

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    and if my old domain got punish -the 301 won't harm the ranking of the new domain?
     
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    I was hit to on a client website, dropped from 8th to 19th+ on a few keywords :/
     
  18. Aty

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    Here is some info you might wanna read before you take action:

    Code:
    http://moz.com/blog/seo-guide-how-to-properly-move-domains
    Code:
    http://moz.com/blog/domain-migration-lessons