Msg#: 25245 posted 4:59 pm on Aug 10, 2004 (gmt 0)
I would like to change my site layout (radically) and perhaps change domains (with 301 redirect). What is better: change layout first and then switch domains or switch domains first and then change layout?
What is the safest way to avoid sandboxing and other bad stuff?
And what else troubles beside sandboxing could i expect?
Msg#: 25245 posted 7:31 am on Aug 14, 2004 (gmt 0)
I recently did exactly what you are asking about.
In preperation for a radically improved site, I 301 redirected my multiple-dash-keyword URL to a new branded URL. The site was was doing great on Google, but fell out of the results 3 days after putting the 301 redirect in place.
It took 10 weeks to the day for the new URL to show up in Google's results. This was 3 updates worth of patiently waiting and watching my traffic and revenue fall 80% nearly overnight.
I finished and released the new site 1 month after recovering from the 301. Traffic and conversions have soared.
Personally, I think you should release the new site and immediately 301 redirect old to new. That way, any traffic you have coming in during this period will see the new and improved site.
TIP: Do some reasearch on the topic of 301 redirects. Find what options you have and the steps that must be taken to carry out the redirect properly. Make a checklist before you do anything and follow it to make sure you have all your bases covered.