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Switching from country-specific domain to global domain?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by sadshow, Jun 3, 2013.

  1. sadshow

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    I have a site that's performing really well for me. It's on a country-specific domain and, therefore, most of my traffic comes from that country. I feel that the reach could be much larger if it was on a domain appealing to a global audience but this type of thing is a little above me.

    2 things concern me:

    1) I don't know if I can 301 a country-specific site to a global site smoothly without any consequences.
    2) My domain is taken for all global domain extensions, so I would also need to change the name of the site. I don't care about doing this, but will it affect my site?


    Some of you guys have way more experience than me with this stuff and I could really use some advice.
     
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  3. sadshow

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    Are you referring to the name of the site, or the whole idea in general?
     
  4. mike33

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    Don't change what works. Better build another similar, not identical, site. You already have the experience, so it shouldn't be too hard, but you can optimize it and you double your income sources.
     
  5. JustUs

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    I am in the process of doing this. What I am doing as a test is taking some of the articles, moving them them to blogspot, 301 ing the pages to the blogspot page. Because I just started the process yesterday, I cannot report what will happen.

    When this process is completed, I will move all the pages back to the new domain and 301 the new domain to the old domain.

    Why not leave everything on blogspot? Because much of what is going into place is several CD's worth of FOIA requests in a searchable PDF database that is not reliant on the CMS database. This is not feasible on blogspot. Keeping the pages up during the transition is feasible though.