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Host and Domain Change - How to Maintain SEO? (20 posts)

  1. nontechblogger
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I'm moving my host, and eventually I want to change my domain too. Currently I'm hosting my site at one domain and have another domain forwarded to that one. I want to eventually switch everything to that other domain, but I want to do this without giving up SEO.

    I need to change my host relatively soon, so I guess I'll move with the same domain for the time being. I have a couple of keywords I don't want to give up my Google ranking.

    How do I change my domain while maintaining my ranking? Is there a good strategy for moving host and changing domain?

  2. Pioneer Valley Web Design
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    How do I change my domain while maintaining my ranking?

    This is not possible.

    Is there a good strategy for moving host

    See Moving WordPress

  3. nontechblogger
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Is there a way to reduce the SEO damage?

    I guess I could start a mirror site on the other domain, but will this be a duplicate content by Google's eyes?

  4. Pioneer Valley Web Design
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    If you change the domain you are not related to old results. Period.

  5. nontechblogger
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Right, so keep the existing one and create a new one. But will this be a duplicate content?

  6. Pioneer Valley Web Design
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Explain what you want to do and why in greater detail please.

  7. nontechblogger
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I need to move my host relatively soon.

    I want to change my domain eventually. Currently I'm just forwarding the new domain I want to switch to, to my existing site.

    I don't want to give up my Google ranking for the keywords on my existing sites.

    I want to make the transitions - both the host and the domain - with a minimal SEO damage.

    I could move the existing site with the same domain to my new host so I can maintain my ranking.

    At the same time, I could start a mirror site on the new domain with the same content. However I think this may be considered a duplicate content by Google and I don't know how bad this is.

    I'm looking for a best way to approach.

  8. Pioneer Valley Web Design
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    The best way is to maintain the old domain and add 301 redirect rules for any SEO content redirecting to new site content. (you can have a simple index.html at old site also that redirects)

    Use your webmaster tools to unlist old site and list new site.

  9. nontechblogger
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I was going to use the Redirection plugin to redirect old urls.

  10. Pioneer Valley Web Design
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    On the old domain?

  11. nontechblogger
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Yes.

  12. Pioneer Valley Web Design
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    It just adds the rules to the .htaccess file, no?

  13. nontechblogger
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I don't know.. sounds like it 301 redirects - http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/redirection/ I don't know the different kinds of redirects.

  14. Pioneer Valley Web Design
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    My last point is that a plugin is not required.

  15. nontechblogger
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Oh.. well, I'm the non-techie! lol

  16. Pioneer Valley Web Design
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    redirects using PHP are slow and not your best option.

  17. nontechblogger
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    grrr how do I do the faster way?

  18. Pioneer Valley Web Design
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    this is your .htaccess file at olddomain.com:

    Options +FollowSymLinks
    RewriteEngine on
    RewriteRule (.*) http://www.yournewdomain.com/$1 [R=301,L]

    This of course is done as soon as new site is setup with same url strings:

    newdomain.com/page1

    is same content as

    olddomain.com/page1

    etc.

    If posts or pages categories tags url's etc. are not the same, it's more involved.

  19. nontechblogger
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    That's it? That's the entire page? So I make a .htaccess file with this code and upload? I think I may be able to handle that. I'll keep the rest of the urls exactly the same as my existing ones.

  20. Pioneer Valley Web Design
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    That's it?

    Yup!

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