Switching to a New Domain Without Losing Your Google Rankings (Search Engine Guide)

By Scottie Claiborne

You’ve got a site that needs a new domain. Maybe it’s a rebranding issue, or maybe it’s a folder or subdomain that has outgrown the current site. There may be dozens of reasons why your currently indexed and well-ranked site needs a new domain name.

Unfortunately, Google doesn’t seem to recognize that you’ve simply changed the URL of an existing site, and ends up subjecting the new domain to the aging delay as if it were a brand new out-of-the-box site. It doesn’t seem fair when you’ve struggled to earn the rankings you have now! You really can’t afford to lose the traffic you already have, but there is a real business need for the change. What should you do? (more…)