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Moving site from Old domain to New domain - Help needed please!



10:53 pm on Jan 3, 2012 (gmt 0)

Hi All,

I have currently moved my site from old domain to a new domain. The structure of the site is exactly the same, i only changed the theme. The only difference is that its now on a new domain. If earlier it was on "abc.net" then now it is on "def.com".

I have properly given 301 redirection to all the articles from old domain to the new domain. There are total 560 articles on the site. However, i managed to properly redirect each article from old domain to the same article present on the new domain by using the 301 thing.

Now i see in webmaster tools that all my urls on the new domain have been indexed by Google. However, i still see that analytics gives the data for old site and the traffic on it is same, while the analytics of the new domain doesn't really show any traffic equivalent to the old one, although i put a redirect on all articles. Shouldn't the traffic move completely to the new domain?

How much time does it ideally take for the entire value of old domain to move to new domain? Does the value get transferred completely,that is, PR, ranking of each article etc.? Is there anything specific i need to do apart from what i have done already?

Help needed!


3:13 am on Jan 4, 2012 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Administrator phranque is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member Top Contributors Of The Month

have you added your new site to your GWT account and verified your ownership?

Official Google Webmaster Central Blog: Best practices when moving your site:
http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com/2008/04/best-practices-when-moving-your-site.html [googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com]


11:42 am on Jan 4, 2012 (gmt 0)

Oh yes, i did do that and verify my ownership. Also uploaded sitemap through it.

But i still have the questions in my mind. Anyone who can answer them for me please?


7:51 pm on Jan 4, 2012 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member bwnbwn is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 5+ Year Member

Cached DNS maybe could be an issue. How long has it been since the change? You will probably lose most if not all rankings PR until it all gets sorted out say a couple weeks maybe faster in some cases of stonger sites. I would research the links and do the best you can on getting them pointed at the new domain this would help much.

Wait till all activity ceases at the old domain before shutting it down.


10:47 pm on Jan 4, 2012 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Administrator phranque is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member Top Contributors Of The Month

i'm sorry - you had me at GWT and i answered the wrong question. =8)

i think you have to edit the url in the web property settings for your analytics account.
i'm not sure if that preserves the history of the url change.
it might be useful to consider adding a new profile for the domain change.


12:20 am on Jan 5, 2012 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member lucy24 is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time Top Contributors Of The Month

If GA behaves like piwik there's an initial bit of javascript that says which site you're reporting on. So if you moved a whole page from one domain to another without editing anything, GA may think it's getting the information from OldDomain when it's really at NewDomain.


2:27 pm on Jan 5, 2012 (gmt 0)

@lucy24: yes i understand that. But i only put the old site on new site, all the related codes etc have been changed as per new domain. This includes the Analytics code as well. So this shouldn't be the thing in my case.

@Phranque: don't you think this should not make a difference because Google analytics counts the number of hits on the page or the visitor coming to the page and when visitors are being 301 redirected to the new domain and its urls, then analytics should count the number of visitors coming and hitting my new domain. right?

@bwnbwn: I brought up this entire change just about one week back. And you mentioned about it taking time to reflect. HOw much time are we seeing here?