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Changing My Domain Name
Posted 03 August 2004 - 12:54 PM
The problem is that I am ranked on the first page for a pretty important search term. (Erm, actually thats not really a problem... ) I don't want to lose this ranking by changing my domain.
I've been researching this on the web somewhat. It looks like you can use mod_rewrite to 301 redirect every request to the same page on your new domain. mylonglonguglydomain.com/forums/topic.php?p=4346 301 redirects to shortdomain.com/forums/topic.php?p=4346 The Google webmaster site and other places I've read say that 301 redirects will transfer all of my PR to the new domain. I should be able to move with zero slipping in the rankings.
Is this actually the case? Or will Google fumble the switch and drop me from the first page entirely? My understanding is that my old domain will stay on the 1st page until one magical day where that domain drops from the serps and is replaced by my new domain. Fact or fiction...?
Also, how do the other search engines handle this?
Posted 03 August 2004 - 04:52 PM
A 301 would be the best solution I think, yes. I can't promise that you won't see any slippage of your ranking as things get sorted back out, but you will at least limit it as best as you can.
You'll still want to make a note of all of the sites currently linking to yours. While it does appear that Google transfers PR via 301's pretty well, you'll still want to contact those webmasters after the change to see if you can get them to update your link when it suits their schedule.
We've discussed this type of thing a few times before, so you may want to use the search function of the forum to find those.
Posted 03 August 2004 - 06:02 PM
Just to add to the above: Yahoo does not handle 301s quite as efficiently as Google, but we're hoping that they'll change that some time soon...
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