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Traffic drop after transferring domain to GoDaddy?

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Msg#: 3546712 posted 6:31 pm on Jan 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

I transferred one of my higher traffic domains from EasyDNS to GoDaddy in mid May 2007. Almost exactly one month after that in mid-June that site saw a 90% drop in traffic from Yahoo.

Could it be that Yahoo saw the domain registrar change as a change in ownership, and penalized the site?

Has anyone else experienced anything like this?



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Msg#: 3546712 posted 6:44 pm on Jan 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

Did the change result in the site moving to a different
"IP country"?


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Msg#: 3546712 posted 6:57 pm on Jan 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

The old nameservers were EasyDNS's (Canada), and the new ones are GoDaddy's which I presume are U.S:


The IP address for the web site itself stayed the same (U.S. based web host).


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Msg#: 3546712 posted 10:54 pm on Jan 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

In most one-off SERPs whackings the advice is typically to reset to the old condition and see if that reverses the whacking. It may take time but it's one of the few tried and true tests for "Did A cause B?".

Other variables might include the speed of bot fetching changing (more or less hops to your site, faster/slower DNS serving, etc), any form of bot throttling, proximity issues (relation to other GoDaddy sites on same server or IP range), mere reassessment of the site based upon the WhoIs update, change of hosting server (same website / different server set up, which may effect bot visits), down time (access issues) during the DNS update that either caused a shift or a reassessment, the use of the DOMAINCONTROL.com servers for uses other than simply hosting which may be weighted somewhere in their algo or filters, etc..

I slept on it and revisted my own post. The number of nuances and variables that may be connected to the DNS change alone that might trigger some outcome is . . mind boggling?

[edited by: Webwork at 6:20 pm (utc) on Jan. 13, 2008]


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Msg#: 3546712 posted 11:36 pm on Jan 14, 2008 (gmt 0)

have you got a yahoo site explorer account?

If there are change of ownership issues, you could signal to yahoo that you still own it, mind you, you'd be starting new relationship/communication with them if you didn't already have the account

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