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What happens to my rankings if I change my domain name? How about backlinks?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by pdoods, Oct 18, 2010.

  1. pdoods

    pdoods Regular Member

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    I've been running a personal blog of my own (in a style of firstnamelastname.com) concentrating on my music hobby and for a year and a half now I've been publishing some tutorial articles there as well alongside my song demos.

    I'm getting ok traffic every day via Google for those tutorial articles and I've been ranking high for one specific search term for a several months now.

    However, I'm going to make my blog a bit more tutorial/music tech news oriented and I was planning to move it on a new domain name.

    What happens to my rankings if I change my domain name? What happens to the juice of various backlinks that are pointing to my blog?
     
  2. HelloInsomnia

    HelloInsomnia Jr. Executive VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    A 301 redirect should inform the search engines that your page has permanently moved to a new address and preserve your rankings. But I can't speak from experience on this one.
     
  3. pdoods

    pdoods Regular Member

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    ok, thanks.
     
  4. yony0nson

    yony0nson Newbie

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    Make sure you put a change of address in webmaster tools also. The 301 redirects and change of address should preserve most if not all of your rankings. I had a 5-6 year old domain with really good rankings on highly competitive keywords (over 2 million broad match searches per month. Few hundred thousand exact match) and moved to a new domain. With the 301 redirects and change of address I kept almost all of my rankings. Good luck.