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Change of Domain Name went wrong (Seo Wise)

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by habanerolex, Feb 9, 2014.

  1. habanerolex

    habanerolex Junior Member

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    I have decided to change the Domain Name of one of my Sites. So I bought the Domain, changed the name of my old Site and kept the structure and then 301 redirected every page from the old Site to the new Site. Not one Page is missing, the redirect works like a charm. Finally I entered the domain name change in google webmaster tools. Now 4 weeks later the Google traffic is still down by 95%. The old site got 8000 hits/day from Google and now I get 50. It seems that most of the new Pages of the new domain are indexed already but they barely show up in search results.

    What went wrong? What can I do? I get more traffic from Bing and Yahoo now. Should I just wait? Damn it, google fucked me so many times.
     
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    SkyrocketSEO Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Why did you change something that was working well. You made a rookie mistake.
     
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  3. habanerolex

    habanerolex Junior Member

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    @skyrocket the old domain was not only getting traffic from google. A big sozial Network blocked my old Domain and I also need the traffic from there. It would have been better to keep the old domain without 301 redirects and start with the new domain. Too late now I guess. After doing some research it seems that I'm not the only one losing lots of google traffic after a name change, but usually the traffic comes back within 3 months. But why is google doing this? Can I speed up the process? Is the traffic really coming back? It took 2 years until my old domain started to get some decent traffic from google.
     
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    Not a best idea on the first place, watch this: youtube/watch?v=Filv4pP-1nw
     
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    Go back to the old domain. You may not have completely f'd yourself.