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Can I move my site to a different URL and avoid penalty for dup content?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by sparkster, Jul 15, 2013.

  1. sparkster

    sparkster Registered Member

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    I've moved to a new city and changed the named of my primary business site. I want to just copy the content and blog posts over, but I'm worried about a google penalty for duplicate content. I've looked into it and the canonical thing seems to be the solution, but that only seemed to apply to www example com vs example com.

    Am I misunderstanding this? Is there more to keep in mind?

    Thanks.
     
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    bartosimpsonio Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    You gotta 301 the entire old site to the new one, leave it 301'd for at least 6 months to a year.
     
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    So it I want to re-purpose the old site, I need to wait for at least 6 months?
     
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    auw21 Regular Member

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    Just move the content and do 301 redirect from your old website to the new one...
     
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    The bots are gonna keep looking for the content on the old site for much longer than that. I have clients with old sites and the 404's from URLs deleted 6 years ago are still happening today.

    If you remove the 301 too early, it may only get the new stuff indexed but not transfer authority over. So you risk ending up with two weak sites.