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The effects of changing domain names on a Pandalized site

   
3:41 pm on Oct 4, 2011 (gmt 0)

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After being decimated by Panda again and again, I'm moving on to other things and making my site my hobby instead of my full-time job. It's time to get off the Google merry-go-round so my family is no longer dependent on the whims of our unreliable 'partner'.

My site still has many active users, and I want to do what's best for them. One thing I've always wanted to do is change the domain name to something that relates more to the purpose of the website (it's a writers' community.)

I'm not expecting the domain name change to help as far as Panda goes. The only way I can see it helping is that if Google's human evaluators review the site, it might appear more legit with a more legit domain name. (Am I grasping at straws?) But as I said, I'm not expecting this to change anything as far as Panda goes. I'm certainly not banking on it.

I am curious if anyone else has tried changing domains to combat Panda, though. I haven't been able to find any reports of this. Has anyone seen any examples of a Pandalized site changing domain names altogether?
3:56 pm on Oct 4, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Dataguy, I think unfortunately, if you're expecting to take the domain juice and everything else to the new domain, I'm afraid you'll take all of the problems with you. That's a guess, based on logic. But I've not tested this personally.

It really is a very unstable time. Peoples lives are literally in shatters while they play this game.

The more I can move away from Google dependance I will.
4:23 pm on Oct 4, 2011 (gmt 0)

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i did it as a test but with a 301 to root rule rather than 301 to matching pages rule.

Within 3 weeks, had a new site up not hit biy Panda.

Within 2 months, had a new site, hit by panda, as it had all the same problems as the inital site.

changing urls is not the answer.
5:01 pm on Oct 4, 2011 (gmt 0)

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That's what I would expect, @ realmaverick & @nippi. It's good to hear from someone who has already tried it. Fortunately for me, I'm not trying to beat Panda by changing domains, but I wouldn't complain if it happened.
8:31 pm on Oct 4, 2011 (gmt 0)



What if you only redirected your best content and noindexed the shallow content from the start? This would mean you would only have good content indexed