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Switch Domain Names Without Losing Rank

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by Vladamir, Jul 21, 2016.

  1. Vladamir

    Vladamir Power Member

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    Hey everyone so I just finished searching the entire forum for the subject and I'm actually relatively surprised that this really hasn't come up more often.

    Basically I have one site that was created for search engine optimization purposes and the name is not that great the name for our purposes I will put with a mock name to show you

    snowboarderguide.com

    And the name that I want and is available.

    snowboardpros.com

    I see the second name as much more brandable in the case that I want to sell my product and drop ship it and establish an actual brand rather than use Amazon affiliates.

    so now to switch from one domain to the other I have seen steps and even Matt Cutts in one of his videos describes a 301 redirect and how to use it and how it should move your sites link juice.

    However on the flipside I took a look at a blog from 2007 which is the only close case study I could find on the subject and a user said that his traffic dropped by about 40% and he recovered a bit but in two months it was still down 20%. For me that's a huge drop in revenue for the month.

    Does anyone have any experience is this the case if you 301 redirect your sites and make sure the name and everything is changed in Webmaster tools as well as 301 all your links over to the new sites and the site is an exact duplicate of your old site are you still going to lose that large amount of search engine position.

    Here is the link to the guys article from 2007 http://www.consumingexperience.com/2007/08/domain-name-change-search-engine.html
     
  2. Peter Ngo

    Peter Ngo Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    That would be a big mess if you are not doing it properly.

    My advice would be 301ing a few pages first and see if it works properly. The process is gonna take a lot longer but at least you are on a safe side.

    You will lose traffic for sure and it is very hard to avoid.
     
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  3. Vladamir

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    Thanks Peter, debating just keeping the bad name now that I see all the negatives. 301ing 1 page I dont think would give me an accurate representation because im told alot of the magic happens when you declare the move in webmaster tools. I cant declare a whole site move for just one page.
     
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    Here's my personal advice, and i said "Personal"

    1. If this site is making huge profits, then i won't advice you to do this for the whole site.
    2. The best solution is trying it on a few page that is ranking.

    Someone did the same thing on a niche am in, and still retain their first position for the keyword. (But it's a page)
     
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    Check it with some pages, and than evaluate results. It`s too risky to do this with whole site at once