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Domain name switching on WP site?

Discussion in 'Blogging' started by lucabrasi, Apr 30, 2012.

  1. lucabrasi

    lucabrasi Regular Member

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    This is an excerpt from an email sent to my webhosting company, Namecheap.

    [FONT=&amp]I want to change the add on domain from mentally-ill.com to something more friendly to search engines. Namely I would like more searches for the keyword and less competition.[/FONT]

    [FONT=&amp]What I would like is to keep mentally-ill.com just the way it is, but switch its domain name to an EMD ?exact match domain? keyword that is less competitive. I don?t even know if this is possible. [/FONT]

    [FONT=&amp]What I am hoping for is something like taking a .txt file entitled mentally-ill.txt and using the right mouse button to select ?rename? and switching it to mental-health.txt. Of course I would need to do some better keyword research and register the new domain name, but is this possible? Or will I need to abandon mentally-ill and just start fresh with an new domain name? Sorry, this is kind of a weird question. I am not certain I am explaining myself properly.[/FONT]

    [FONT=&amp]Thank you for your consideration.[/FONT]

    I registered this domain before I know much about keyword research. Is this idea impossible. I understand any backlinks I have built will be lost, frankly there isn't much traffic from them. It won't hurt me much, maybe not at all.

    Thanks for your consideration.
     
  2. lucabrasi

    lucabrasi Regular Member

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    The answer to this was no, it cannot be done. Unless someone here knows more about it than an underpaid customer service rep.
    Here is a second excerpt from my response.

    [FONT=&quot]OK, so I cannot be done easily. If I back up the Data Base could I then import it into the new blog and keep the content? I will also assume that it is unwise to let mentally-ill.com just languish on your server. By this I mean I should disable the Cron jobs. These use system resources. Why pay wages to a dead-beat employee? But, can I atleast use whatever link juice it might have and redirect it to the new site.[/FONT]

    I am wondering if it is possible to salvage some benefit from this website.

    How should I proceed?
     
  3. clau82

    clau82 Junior Member

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    Just register the new domain, do a google search for "Move Your WordPress Blog to a New Domain", you will find plenty of guides. It's erlatively easy to move all content to the new domain. Then make a 302 redirect so that all traffic from old domain will be directed to the new one. This will keep all backlinks and link juice flowing and you will not loose anything. There is a plugin that can make it even easier by rebuilding all links to point to the new domain but I can;t remember the name now. Anyway, the cleanest way is as above.
     
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