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Moving A Domain To A Sub-Folder Under Another Domain

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#1 paintyourlife


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Posted 23 November 2012 - 02:02 AM

Hi Jill and guys,

We have recently moved example.com to example2.com/photo-to-canvas/

We did 301 redirect

50 days have gone by, and none of the keywords rankings we used to have in the former domain has moved to the new one.

Still, Google shows this URL which is 50 days old, as a page-rank 4, which means it did pass something to it...

In Google webmaster tools, they explain that after doing 301 redirect, we need to go to 'change address' and specifically write the new domain to which we have moved, BUT: it doesn't let me specify an internal folder.

Should I use it and write down the main domain name to which we have moved although we have actually moved to an internal folder within that domain?

Anything else that we can do so that Google will pass the rankings?



p.s. we have the same issue with moving (another site)

Edited by Jill, 23 November 2012 - 11:33 AM.
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Posted 23 November 2012 - 08:10 PM

Although I have no experience of doing this, if I were to be faced with the need, I would have chosen to move it to the new domain as a SubDomain rather than a Directory. Maybe Google WMTs would then accept the move.

For search performance, I understand that Google treats SubDomains just the same as a Directory or Folder these days.

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 09:39 AM

Provided the original URI returns a HTTP/1.1 301 response Google will eventually catch up. The time scale varies from a few weeks to a few months.

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