realwahl - 4:07 pm on May 4, 2011 (gmt 0) [edited by: realwahl at 4:45 pm (utc) on May 4, 2011]
It past 1 month after I moved a section of my website to a new domain (see the discussion below).
During first 2 weeks, the traffic was stable and google searches that found my new domain increased (as the old pages redirected to the new ones).
After 2 weeks, it had a sudden drop. Traffic dropped at 30% and google search referrals near to 0. And it remains at this level, with no sign of returning up.
So, I got it, probably my domain was send to the "sand-box".
But what can I do, in order to avoid this?
- create a blog (or any other content) on the new domain, promote it, wait for a few month and only after move the old content there.
- Keep it as a redirect to the old domain for a few month, try to obtain incoming links to it and move the content later.
- Keep the content on both websites for a few month with the canonical tag pointing to the old and try to obtain incoming links. After a 2-4 month, change the canonical tag to the new domain and 301 redirect the old pages to the new ones.
What do you think about this? Could it work?
Do you have any other suggestions?
[edited by: realwahl at 4:45 pm (utc) on May 4, 2011]