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Can I change domain and not lose all ranks and such?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by Nosence, Nov 5, 2011.

  1. Nosence

    Nosence Senior Member

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    I need to change a domain that I had about 6 months ago.

    Im starting a new site in the same niche, this site was banned on adsense for my stupidity, and its just easier to start fresh

    If I start a new domain is there anyway to keep any of the rankings this old site has?
     
  2. Statix

    Statix Junior Member

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    301 redirect the old site to the new one
     
  3. Steptron

    Steptron Newbie

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    We held position 1 for multiple keywords in the insurance industry and for technical reasons we couldn't keep the domain so we attempted to swap the domains and for the first month everything looked great however it then dropped and to date we have never recovered our places.
     
  4. lukeg28

    lukeg28 Junior Member

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    Make sure you 301 everything correctly, and once re-directed try have more or less the same content on the website as the last one, and build backlinks to the new website also.
     
  5. criticalmess

    criticalmess Regular Member

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    Same here, I once tried 301 redirect and same result, lost all top positions (travel website) and also never bounced back, even when I changed it back to the original domain.

    Also happened when I tired to change between www.domain to domain.
     
  6. tnhomestead

    tnhomestead Regular Member

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    I have never tried this, so maybe someone who has can answer, but if I redirect from a banned domain, would that do any good? I would guess it would be a good way to get the new site banned as well. I found this on Googles sites from a google employee;
    Dont know if this helps or hurts! If its just not losing rank you would be cool, but it looks like you can get banned on the new site.
     
  7. flx89

    flx89 Senior Member

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    it's impossible to keep the rankings. But after a period it should rank high again
     
  8. deusexmachina

    deusexmachina Newbie

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    301 redirect should work..
     
  9. Typlo

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    I've read mixed opinions оn this one. As othеrs havе said, usе а 301 redirect and yоur visitors wіll end uр on уоur new domain automatically. After a while, Google's index ѕhоuld show уour new domain inѕteаd of уоur оld оnе and ѕhouldn't penalise уou fоr duplicate content. Also lеt Google knоw whаt yоu'rе doing.

    As mentioned оn Google's hеlр page, ѕeе іf you cаn gеt оthers who havе linked tо уоu tо update theіr links. The оld оneѕ will still work of courѕе (if уou'vе set things up correctly ), but іt'ѕ рoѕѕіble theу won't pass as muсh link juice your way (conflicting reports).

    A keyword-rich domain iѕ generally thought of аѕ good, but if you'rе moving from a domain wіth lots of authority, like a .wordpress.com blog, tо оne wіth nо authority then you mаy lose оut in the SERPs. Or уou maу not, but I'd read uр оn thіs first.

    I moved a site tо a nеw domain a fеw months ago. The site is а personal blog / showcase аnd iѕ nоt pаrtiсulаrly popular. Google's index reflected thе nеw site fairly quickly (2 weeks?). The site's PageRank dropped from 2 tо (currently) 0, but it dоeѕn't sеem to hаve affected traffic from Google. (Though mоѕt traffic соmеs from thе owner's name, аnd thаt's not particulаrly competitive.)
     
  10. skohh

    skohh Regular Member

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    Test it a find out most reliable answer
     
  11. sitecontact

    sitecontact Junior Member

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    I made this to a site of mine, the SERP was the same at 100% . 301 redir
     
  12. poshtiger

    poshtiger Registered Member

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    I've just done this with one of my sites... Moving from a 15 letter .com to a 3 letter .co.uk.

    Basic procedure.

    1. Create a page on the target domain, add it to webmaster tools and get google to index it

    2. 301 redirect every page individually using something like the below in your .htaccess

    Options +FollowSymLinks
    RewriteEngine on
    RewriteRule (.*) [newdomain.com...] [R=301,L]

    3. Complete the google change of address page olddomain > newdomain.

    4. Change as many inbound links as possible, if you can't the rest should carry with the 301 redirect above.

    5. Keep an eye on webmaster tools and apply 301 redirects for any 404s that appear in the web errors section.

    My site suffered no loss in rank whatsoever (apart from pagerank which i expect to jump from up on the next update).

    Pm me if you need any help with this...

    Posh.