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Can I change domains and not lose serp ranking?

     
4:07 pm on Oct 11, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Hi, I have a website that is on the bottom of page one in the search results for my keyword. It is a subdomain website. I want to purchase the exact match domain for my keyword and redirect from the old site to the new site. I think the exact match domain would rank better.

If I do this, how should I do the redirect and will I lose my serp position in doing so? Would it be better just to stick with the subdomain? Also, would google see the new site as duplicate content?

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4:09 pm on Oct 11, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Yes
5:50 pm on Oct 11, 2010 (gmt 0)

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So you now have:

subdomain.example.com and you want to buy the subdomain name and point to:

newexample.com correct?

The easiest way would be to url forward subdomain.example.com and point it at newexample.com

Ensure you keep precisely the same directory structure and naming conventions. You may lose rankings whilst Google sorts it out however it should come back within a few weeks and do not forget to delete the old site.

Also, would google see the new site as duplicate content?


No because it won't be there.

Before you do this do ensure you have access to your domain control panel and can perform a url forward with a permanent 301 redirect. This may be free or cost you a few Dollars a year. Your current host may have to set the forwardng if you do not have access.
11:58 pm on Oct 12, 2010 (gmt 0)

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You might want to read this
[googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com...]

It's over 2 years old but is probably still valid.

Kaled.