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New Site - OK to use new domain and 301 re-direct?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by wisedave, Feb 13, 2012.

  1. wisedave

    wisedave Registered Member

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    Hello,

    We are designing a new site using WordPress. Our current domain has a couple of keywords in it which I am told is a good thing in regards to SEO. The downfall is that it is a .co.uk domain and our products/services are beneficial worldwide.

    Would we be able to just use the domain name of our business (which we own) and is a .com, then do a 301 re-direct to that site and pages without losing any SERPs and page rank? I want to do a minimal amount of damage SEO wise, but want to think long term as well.

    We rank on the first and second page for our markets keywords.

    What are your thoughts?

    Cheers,

    Dave
     
  2. ardley216

    ardley216 Elite Member

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    Ah, the question has already been asked (thanks OP), I need to know the answer too! :D
     
  3. Blackrockmolem

    Blackrockmolem Newbie

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    i've seen another page of friends do it. it didnt seem to be bad for serps, although the site was an authority site anyways, so i dunno if they cared
     
  4. ryanjm

    ryanjm Junior Member

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    I've done this before. You need to register both domains in Google Webmaster tools and then follow the directions for letting them know that you are 301'ing to a new domain. I used a WP plugin called "redirection" and 301'd each page on the old domain to the corresponding pages on the new domain. Rankings held for about a month or so, then we noticed that we needed to build some links to the new domain and/or switch some of our existing links to point to the new domain. Worked pretty well.