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Impacts of changing domain name

.com to .net

7:38 am on Dec 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I am in the process of investigating a domain name change as I do not own my dot com, I do own the dot net so for my own security are considering a switch.

I have a dedicated server who has told me that he can setup redirects and a "DNS zone" so people can get either URL for a while.

What would be the effects of this to the readers and Google? Will they penalize the site for duplicate content? Will they switch over to using the .net? Any ideas on a timescale to keep the redirects up? I don't want to switch instantly for obvious reasons, Google hates new domains and we'll probably loose the lot.

Any other suggestions gratefully received!

7:04 pm on Dec 5, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Google actually does set penalties for duplicate content, what you'll want to do is make a redirect on the .com to the .net using Server.Redirect (in ASP), just make sure its not a meta redirect.

Doing a redirect will also tell google you are transferring everything over to this new domain, which will also transfer your pagerank over as well.


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9:05 am on Dec 8, 2006 (gmt 0)

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If, even for a short time both site.com and site.net have the same content, ie duplicate content then you risk a penalty from Google. Id suggest as above a redirect.
3:42 pm on Dec 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Use the suggested redirection method and your website should be fine.
10:35 pm on Dec 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

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You'll want to do a 301 redirect (permanent redirect). This points your old domain name to the new domain name while still preserving all the links you have from other external websites. By doing a quick search for 301 redirects on Google you will get plenty of info on how to do it correctly. No need to do a temporary switch over so that both work for a short time. Just switch it all at once and make sure all the proper redirects are in place when you pull the switch.

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