mikus - 4:57 pm on Feb 11, 2010 (gmt 0)
I wanted to give a update to every webmaster that is interested in moving a site using a 301 redirect and google's policy regarding "moving your site". Before doing this to my site I couldn't find anyone with good information and I went on google's webmasters help section and trusted their information.
Google states "here are some tips that will help you retain your site's ranking in Google's search results"
google's moving your site [google.com] in the first sentence basically state's don't 404 by not redirecting correctly.
I redirected all my pages correctly and google's spiders did see it correct also. My site get crawled often and very soon after my rankings and traffic was cut in half.
I assumed this is normal and was sure it would return soon. Well my fellow webmaster friends, it's a 9 month wait before Google's filters decide to release you.
The traffic that google did give a lot of non converting terms - most likely less competitive terms - while generic terms don't think about returning to those for the 9 month wait.
No amount of SEO will help you before the algo releases you. I'm distraught about google's statement because my site had no penalties and was raking/sales doing well before URL change. If I had any idea I would of never done it. Anyone thinking of doing this and your business is based on organic search beware.
Google won't give much about their algo's info and I could find many examples of other people moving your domains so I hope this is helpful. WEBMASTERS BEWARE! IF YOU WANT TO LOOSE 1/2 to 2/3 of your business and traffic for 3 quarters of a year then move your domain with a 301 redirect.. Google you lie!