I have a website example.com that has been in existence for 5+ years. I want to change the domain to www.example2.com but still retain the same position in the search engines as example.com . Can this be accomplished? Or will changing the domain negatively affect search engine position?
[edited by: bill at 7:39 am (utc) on Mar 24, 2010] [edit reason] Use example.com not your own domain [/edit]
still retain the same position in the search engines as example.com . Can this be accomplished?
You're in the wrong forum!
Question - Are you intending to move the exisiting site as it is complete with identical url structure?
If so, there should be no problem, you may possibly lose minor rankings for a very short while as the search engines re-spidered the site on its new domain name but they'll come back assuming they are strong to start off with.
It's a relatively easy task to do but you must be well-prepared and when the site has been moved ensure you point the original domain name AT the new domain name from your registrar's control panel, some would say 301 from your web server however my experience has always been successful from my registrar and it is permanent therefore if you ever move web servers you don't have to worry about setting-up 301s again etc.
It is important to keep the identical url structure to ensure all backlinks and bookmarks are retained complete otherwise you'll start throwing 404s.
It is quite possible if you do this all correctly that you'll not notice any difference however do ensure that you keep the OLD domain name pointing at the new domain name for as long as possible, a minimum of 6-9 months should do the trick however if you can leave it in situ that would be better.