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.com -> .co.uk site transition
We had to do it...but it sure is tough

 2:11 pm on Oct 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

We didn't have any choice moving our domain over from a .com to a .co.uk. It was forced upon us.

It happened on the 13 September & our traffic hasn't recovered back to pre changeover levels.

It's times like these that make being a webmaster tough. Do I just wait it out or have I done something wrong?

I did the following:

+ I 301 the whole .com site over to the .co.uk.

+ I asked everybody to change their incoming links to point to the .co.uk site. There are however far more pointing to the .com site than the .co.uk version. Not much I can do about it though.

What else is there that I can do? (Toolbar) PR for the .co.uk version of the site is 2 on the home page. the old .com version had a strong 5. As I understood it, a 301 will redirect the PR? Apparently not in this case, unless I just got unlucky with the timing.

the .co.uk site is being hammered by googlebot, and has been all month. the whole site has been indexed more than ten times to date this month.

over the last month the number of pages showing up (using the site: command) has gradually being going up. And conversely, the number of pages in the .com site has been going correspondingly down.

Is there anything I've missed? Can I tell google what has happened and ask them to expedite the process?



 2:25 pm on Oct 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

patience Jack......patience.

it seems to be going in the right direction so don't panic and do anything rash just yet.



 2:29 pm on Oct 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

Hi Jack, I have done exactly the same in the past and it has worked perfectly.

If you have a ODP listing make sure you update that too. I find they normally make URL changes quite quickly.

Why are you forced to use a .co.uk by the way?


 3:32 pm on Oct 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

marra...patience is the hardest thing to learn for a webmaster.

pete..good point about the ODP listings. I will get straight on it. Any clues how to go about changing it? Do I just email the administrator in the section of the ODP in which my site appears?

Forced is probably not the best word for it. it was more a commercial imperative. we are a uk reseller for some stuff & having a .co.uk domain makes it more obvious to clients.

marra, how long do you think I should go before panicing? 3-4 months?


 3:35 pm on Oct 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

Go to the category you are listed in and look at the top links:

about dmoz ¦ suggest URL ¦ update listing ¦ become an editor ¦ report abuse/spam ¦ help

Click on "update listing" and follow the instructions... hey presto!


 5:53 pm on Oct 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

thanks for that pete. I've now done it.


 8:06 pm on Oct 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

It takes a while for all of the ODP feeds to update.

I would only be worried if things didn't start to pick up after a further 8 weeks.

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