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301 Redirect to New Domain and Google Webmaster Tools

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Msg#: 4107419 posted 6:55 am on Mar 31, 2010 (gmt 0)

Recently, we move our main site to different domain however i have few questions. (We did 301 Redirect for all the pages)

1. Its been 1 1/2 weeks i notice the old domain still showing in GOOGLE but no cache no nothing just showing DOMAIN NAME, is this normal?

2. When i search for new domain, since the old domain and new domain are similar name ,eg: ABCAPPLE (old) - ABCAPPLESAUCE (new). When i did that search ABC APPLE it show OLD Domain on top without any Title or Description or Cache (BUT it show the site links still) but second listing showing new site domain it has cache. Is this normal?

3. I have register new account for my new domain at Google Webmastertools should i do that? or just add this into the old Google Webmastertools?

4. If i decided to keep my new domain on new Google Webmastertools account, should i delete my old domain at Google Webmastertools?

5.how long normally it will change over from old domain to new domain at Google? as i mention above i did all 301 redirect and i even check on some sites to make sure my 301 is working.



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Msg#: 4107419 posted 3:14 pm on Mar 31, 2010 (gmt 0)

I would keep the old domain registered in the Webmaster Tools console so that you can receive messages from that domain and monitor its status. Did you use the Change of Address tool?


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Msg#: 4107419 posted 6:34 pm on Mar 31, 2010 (gmt 0)


Since i use different account on google webmastertools for my new domain , when i login to my old domain google webmastertools does not show have anything showing under
change of address.


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Msg#: 4107419 posted 8:42 pm on Mar 31, 2010 (gmt 0)

It all depends on the site. How often was your original site being crawled by Google? Has your new site been indexed yet?

Once it's been indexed consider trying to get some of your inbound links changed over to the new domain.


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Msg#: 4107419 posted 1:07 am on Apr 1, 2010 (gmt 0)


My old site been crawl often but right not the cache is gone yet still showing the domain name and site links on Google. My new site its already index as well.


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Msg#: 4107419 posted 2:10 pm on Apr 1, 2010 (gmt 0)

Try to get some inbound links to the new domain and things should fix themselves (assuming the 301 is setup correctly)


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Msg#: 4107419 posted 3:23 pm on Apr 1, 2010 (gmt 0)

seofish you could try posting this over on the google webmaster support group. You'll be able to post your actual domains there and someone might be able to help you debug.

If you user the Change Of Address tool you should see changes appear in the SERPs quite quickly. You would need to verify both domains in one account however for the tool to be used (so I assume you haven't used it?).


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Msg#: 4107419 posted 3:27 pm on Apr 1, 2010 (gmt 0)

It will take many months for the old URLs to drop out of Google SERPs.

And that is NOT a problem. When a user clicks that result, your redirect delivers the visitor to the right page on the right site.

Ensure the new site is being spidered and indexed, and is starting to rank. Don't worry about how long it takes for old URLs to drop out.

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