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Migrating content to new domain to recover from a penalty.

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by DaleRodgers, May 6, 2014.

  1. DaleRodgers

    DaleRodgers Registered Member

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    Hi all,

    Another post from me but since the question is different I thought it best to separate the topics.

    Basically my site has just been penalised, but before it got penalised I was already wanting to start a fresh backlink profile, so was working on removing all the links to the site... Just unfortunately Google caught me before I managed to finish doing that.

    However, what if I was to buy a new domain with a different TLD and simply delete the content from the old domain and put it on the new one... How would that go down? Would the new domain rank or would there still be duplicate content issues or something?

    Thanks for your help.
     
  2. Dogex

    Dogex Newbie

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    You are going to have probably duplication issues if you website was indexed, because google saves you website inside it's cache.
     
  3. Abstroose

    Abstroose Elite Member

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    I had this same question just a couple of weeks ago.

    Website containing ~100 pages of unique, quality content was penalised. Wouldn't even rank for it's own domain name. I bought a new domain and set up the new site but didn't want to throw money away at another 100 unique articles. I removed all pages from the penalised site, and also configured robots.txt to disallow bots crawling all. Then I verified both domains with Webmaster Tools. I submitted a request to remove the original domain from Google's index. Within 24 hours the entire site was deindexed. I then waited about a week before re-uploading all the content to the new domain.

    It's only been a couple of weeks, and I've barely done any link building yet, but the website is beginning to rank for brand keywords, and some of the internal pages (containing the content from the old site) are ranking when I Google a unique phrase. So it seems like it's not a problem. I'll keep you updated.
     
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  4. DaleRodgers

    DaleRodgers Registered Member

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    Thanks Abstroose that's good news. I hope it works out well for you.
     
  5. mickyfu

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    Why not just change the domain name of the website?
     
  6. rob1977

    rob1977 Power Member

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    To be fair this is what was running through my mind. Unless of course a new ip is part of your fresh start.
     
  7. umerjutt00

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    That's some good advice. thanks for this. Will apply it real soon.