How to change website from .COM to .ORG while preserving Pagerank and inbound links
5:47 pm on Sep 6, 2010 (gmt 0)
A charity wants to change thier domain hame form .COM to .ORG. What is the best way to do this without losing their Page rank and innbound links?
12:08 pm on Sep 7, 2010 (gmt 0)
Then after about six months - put some actual content on the dot.com. You will then have the chance of taking over 2 slots in the serps because the dot com will have authority and some remaining backlinks out there.
12:13 pm on Sep 7, 2010 (gmt 0)
The advice I've most often read is to (slowly) 301 permanent redirect old site/pages to new site/pages, keeping an eye on the new site's performance. (I'm not 100% certain that "slow redirecting" is universal advice.)
Since it's a charity you might have some success asking inbound linkers to point their links to the new site/pages.
Finally, I'm not sure if there's (an effective) way throught G's webmaster tools to "tell G" about the move.
Any other ideas/suggestions?
[edited by: Webwork at 2:51 pm (utc) on Sep 7, 2010]