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Need to change URL due to copyright - how can i save my rankings

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by cdn_craigs, Mar 23, 2016.

  1. cdn_craigs

    cdn_craigs Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    hi

    i need to change my domain name due to a copyright issue. I worked hard to rank this site, how can i preserve my work. i bought a new domain name. Was wondering if i should just duplicate the whole site under the new URL, and do a permanent forward of the old domain to the new?

    how can i preserve all my back links?

    Thanks guys...i have to resolve this in 3 days
     
  2. agent-x

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    Duplicate the site on the new domain. In the old domain's public folder put a file called .htaccess (or edit the existing one if there is one) and put these two lines at the top:

    RewriteEngine on
    RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.newdomain.com/$1 [R=301,L]

    where "newdomain.com" is your new domain name. This will redirect every page on the old domain to the same page on the new one.
     
  3. guillaumemcom

    guillaumemcom Registered Member

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    Had that same problem with an old client website, did the same thing as agent-x recommended, worked fine.
    Your ranking can move a bit while Google needs to take into account the move, but after that you should be fine.
     
  4. Chiefjop

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    Yeah, just redirect to the new page. Expect a Google dance the first couple of weeks and after that all will be good :)