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How To Transfer Domain Without Losing Pr Or Backlinks

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#1 davidtrounce


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Posted 22 November 2012 - 07:13 PM


I have a domain [dot]com[dot]au/blog which runs word press. I want to transfer it to a new domain which I also own but have not used: It is the same name but is simply [dot]com

I want to move the site to increase readership and affiliate traffic with those outside Australia.

My host provider suggested this:

"Just add the new domain under 'Parked Domains' in your cPanel. You then just need to change the site URL and home page in the WordPress back end, and then add this to the top of your .htaccess file.

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !^(URL)$ [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ (URL) [R,L]

My questions are:

1. Will I lose backlinks or PR doing this?
2. Will I forever be redirecting everything I upload and post and will this lower my site in Googles estimation?
3. Is it better SEO to (physically) transfer blog to new site or do as my host suggested?

This is an important move and I want to do it right the first time. the idea of forever uploading to [dot]com[dot]au/blog and having to redirect everything seems like a bad idea.

Would I be better transferring everything, redirecting for say a year and then letting those old links go?

If I choose to redirect, does this mean keeping the old site "alive" in some sense in order to keep the redirect working?

I look forward to any help.



#2 chrishirst


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Posted 24 November 2012 - 09:09 AM

Use a permanent wildcard redirect from old domain to new domain.

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