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What are the Pros and Cons of Changing domain name

Discussion in 'Blogging' started by Akinyande ayo, Jun 15, 2017.

  1. Akinyande ayo

    Akinyande ayo Regular Member

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    Good day BHW stars! I'm so much confused in my blogging journey as a newbie and I hope your comments will clear my doubts. I have a year tech blog with "WiFi calling" in the domain name and I'm now growing and writing more about programming, software, app review and other tech related articles. I never thought I will be dedicated and obsessed to develop a professional blog as I've learnt blogging 12 years ago and never blog like a serious person; I just come back to blogging and I've learnt how blogging should really be with BHW. Now, I just moved the blog from blogspot to WP and I'm thinking of changing the domain name to a brand-able one and the one that speaks of tech. what are the pros and cons of changing a domain name and redirecting a domain and articles to a new domain. I'm also thinking of changing the URL structure to the one without slash year and month. I have about 160 handwritten articles with avg of 1,000 words and less than 5,000 backlinks. Pls, kindly help. I'm depressed to go further.
     
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    GReaperas Regular Member

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    Pros: your domain name will be more specific and targeted towards your keywords. (i guess..)
    Cons: you will lose part of your traffic at least for a time period and domain authority even with 301 redirect.
    My take on this is if you really must change your domain name go ahead, but i would advise you not to.
     
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    umerjutt00 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    You will lose a portion of your traffic and it might take some time to regain it. Atleast that's what I experienced when I did something similar.
     
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    @Akinyande ayo Why don't you make a new domain and keep this one how it is?

    Then create articles on the new one, let the domain get age, and when you started to gain a little bit of authority in google eyes, you 301 redirect to this one, along with your articles transferred on the new one.

    This is the path with least risks.
     
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    You mean I should start with a new one and only redirect the old one to it later. You suggest that will make better SEO sense.
     
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    Akinyande ayo Regular Member

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    I get an average of 400 visitors/per day because I've not optimized my pages properly and built enough backlinks and that's the reason I want to weigh the risks and potentials now. I want to really go far with the blog. I appreciate your comments and others. I don't see like button in order to like all your comments.
     
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    If the current site is profitable to you, then you should keep it untouched, at least for now. Even if you 301 redirect to a brand new, I'm pretty sure you won't get any substantial effect any soon as google has a delayed algo, so it will take some time until your brand new site will climb up.
     
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    OK, I've been able to read between the lines of your suggestions and even understand your minds. I'm thinking of finding a good domain now and just register it there for probably one year. I can even build some links to it without hosting and redirect the old site to it later and really get prepared for the period I will suffer the low traffic. Do you think, just registering a domain now, leave it there for future will lessen the effect of the redirection. secondly, will I get the full SEO juice of this present domain to the new one in the future? Also, In respect to URL structure without number, should I change my URL structure now while I'm still having less than 200 articles or leave it with the /2017/06/post title structure?
     
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    If you have made up your mind to change the name then better do it at the early stages of your site. Buy the domain name now and make the transfer to cut your losses short. As for the URL structure what i said before applies here too. Changing the name now and the URL structure later will essentially be yet another change in page URLs which will cost you traffic and PA.
     
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    Akinyande ayo Regular Member

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    @GReaperas, I really appreciate your comments! I talked to a friend recently who also rebranded his, and he talked about addon domain, .htaccess and less problem. I hope I will tell a good story after long years in blogging. BHW has really make blogging a nice career to me. I will follow your advice and also welcome any other comments here
     
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    @umerjutt00, @gman777, Can it take far more than 6 months before the redirect will start having effects? I want to understand the cost of my action. I know G is slow in almost everything now but I can easily sacrifice 7 months. I hope to start monetizing from next year after writing for over a year now.
     
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    I agree with all of them.. You will definitely lose traffic, but there are also positive sides like creating a more specific domain. Depends if you are willing to risk it..
     
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    That's the reason I want to try it now when traffic is not huge and when the blog is not monetized. How long do you think it will take google to pass the link juice and for the domain to start getting the normal traffic?. I'm thinking the odd domain name will affect CTR from search engine in the future
     
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    Don't mention it OP. I'm still on a learning curve myself but wanted to just give my two cents to help if i can.
     
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    When I did it 2 years ago, it took around 4-5 months if I remember correctly. My traffic totally dropped to zero and it was not nice. I don't know if things have gone better or it have become more worse.
     
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    In addition, you will lose backlinks pointing to your old website url. For a new one you'll need to start everything over.
     
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    Almost exactly what I was going to suggest - I say keep the old one (for now) AND create the new one, and make your new site's topics categories in your navigational bar linking to an external page (your new site)

    OR - in your old site, create a page called "more topics" or "other topics" or something similar (that would be accessible from your main navigational bar), and on that page, explain to your readers your need to expand to a new URL, give some insight into your vision for your new site, and list your topics and description of the topics content

    eg: "Software: articles about useful and innovative software for pc,android, etc..."

    where the topic (in this case "Software" would link to the category page on your new blog for that topic... ....