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Changing Domain Name

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by billybatz9, Jun 26, 2014.

  1. billybatz9

    billybatz9 Active Member

    Does changing domain name hurt seo, ranking, and traffic? I really want to change it.
  2. CyclingTribe

    CyclingTribe Well-Known Member

    I've changed domains several times on my own sites and not seem any long-term detrimental effect; just make sure you retain and redirect your existing domain to the new one for a few months afterwards.

    Are buying a brand new domain that hasn't been used before or one that someone else has been using?
  3. Mr Lucky

    Mr Lucky Well-Known Member

    This is a very important question for SEO. I bought a used domain without realising that there were a lot of inbound spam links. This could at worst cause a penalty from Google, at best it was a bit embarrassing as I then appeared to be the spammer.

    OTOH buying a used domain with some existing good inbound links can be useful, likely to be very expensive though.

    Redirecting domain to domain should not harm you, at one stage Matt Cutts of Google did say that a 301 can lose a very very tiny amount of page rank.

    However once Google picks up the new domain it's no longer using the redirect which would then only be relevant for other static inbound links.

    If you make a list of your existing good inbound links, you can contact the owners of the sites and ask them to update.
  4. billybatz9

    billybatz9 Active Member

    Brand new one. Thanks for the reply
  5. billybatz9

    billybatz9 Active Member

    Thanks for reply. It would be a new one

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