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Posted 08 April 2014 - 08:12 AM
Posted 08 April 2014 - 10:21 AM
If you change URLs it is going to affect results.
If you do not change URLs it is not going to affect results.
If you change URLs but can use permanent redirects (HTTP response 301) from old to new it will STILL affect the results but they should recover in time.
Posted 08 April 2014 - 11:01 AM
However, our organization has already tried several transfers of this nature, with mixed results. Though we're following all the necessary common sense procedures for a "safe" transfer (no downtime, same domain, same content, same page URLs, etc.), sometimes our sites will suffer greatly diminished Google rankings for seemingly inadvertent reasons.
...we didn't change the URLS...that's the point...
Posted 08 April 2014 - 12:58 PM
I move Websites all the time and i don't see any significant impact on search referral traffic. In a few cases I have moved sites to servers I did not know were overloaded and the hosting providers cap bandwidth for the servers; that results in downtime which reduces the frequency search engines can crawl the sites. If you're publishing a lot of content on a site this is a bad situation and you need to get the site off that server ASAP.
I try to avoid those kinds of situations as much as possible but have even run into issues with cloud hosting.
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