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Help with domain names and redirect

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by amhel26, Jul 22, 2014.

  1. amhel26

    amhel26 Newbie

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    Please help me, what would you do in this situation?

    A few years ago someone did a site for me, it had been working fine and I didn?t do
    a lot of updates.

    I was number one in my 3 main keywords for my location, but a few months ago my
    competition step up, optimized a new site with keyword on domain name and
    started an adwords campaing.

    I decided to do research and found my site has no page rank and couldn?t find any
    information on MOZ, says it hasn?t been discovered. It has very poor keyword content
    and bad internal linking..anyway it really has to be optimized. However still
    ranks number 1 on google search for main keyword, and number 2 on others.

    I will have to do a completely new site since I never controlled my hosting and
    now I don?t want the designer to do it, so I want to start from scratch. The situation
    here is I don?t want to lose the rank I have for my domain.

    So?I own the businessname.com site that so far has been my main
    site?but I also own a citykeyword.com that is as old as main domain and that
    seems will have more success on adwords after the research I?ve done?so I really
    was considering making citykeyword.com my new main domain with the new site and
    do a redirect from my businessname.com domain once the new site is done.

    - What do I have to consider in redirecting my businessname.com to
    not lose my google rank? Since I am doing the site from scratch should I do
    same url page name? Is there anything I should consider while building new site
    to make sure I can recover as much juice from businessname.com site??

    - Is it a good call to start new site on citykeyword.com since I
    really think it would help adwords and I would like to start site and index it
    on google before I actually redirect buisinessname.com?.or you think I should
    just try to do it from businessname.com, will this assure I keep my ranking? What
    is a better option?

    - If for some reason this doesn?t work and my rank doesn?t go up
    or back to number 2 on organic search?can I just put my old site back to my
    businessdomain.com and will it recover completely? I cant find any information
    about this..what happens if I try to redirect, it doesn?t work so I put back,
    domain, site and hosting to one that was working. Will rank recover back for
    sure or is there any chances of losing it even if everything is the same?

    I hope Im explaining myself and someone can help me understand
    what is the best way to do this.

    I just want to make sure I don?t loose the rank that my old site
    has, even if it is really bad optimized for some reason is still at the top of
    searches. I am hoping with optimization the new site ranks even better but I don?t
    want to play any chances.

    Thank you so much for your time!

     
  2. SEO Power

    SEO Power Elite Member

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    You are overthinking it. Redirect your old site to your new site and stop worrying about trivial things. Whether your new site is indexed or not, when Google discovers the redirect from your old site, they will index the new one and transfer all the link juice to it almost immediately. Your rankings will either remain constant or slightly increase (hope for the latter).
     
  3. jamesjk1

    jamesjk1 Senior Member

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    In addition to what SEO Power wrote above (which I totally agree with), you should install a plugin called link juice keeper. This plugin helps you to keep the link juice by redirecting all non-existing URLs (they return error 404) to the blog front page using 301 redirect.
     
  4. lord1027

    lord1027 Elite Member

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    This is what I wanted to recommend too. Just redirect the whole website to the new one and you're all set.
     
  5. Laubster

    Laubster Senior Member Premium Member

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    I would write a thread that is not ten pages long when asking for advice. I can't believe people even responded to this.