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    Transferring site to new domain.. Keeping rank..?

    Is there anyway to tell Google you're switching your site to a new domain so they keep all the important data? I have great rankings, bounce rate, etc and dont want to lose the history but have to change my domain for legal reasons. Any tips on the switch would be greatly appreciated. This is one thing I have never had to do over the years.

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    The only thing I can figure doing is diving into Webmaster Tools and verify the ownership of your new domain. If you can keep the existing domain as is for the next couple of months, I would create 301 redirects from the old pages (existing domain) to the new pages (new domain).

    You can also try and keep the file paths the same to make it easier on yourself:
    Old Domain: www.yoursite.com/about/index.html
    New Domain: www.yoursite.com/about/index.html
    Both paths are the same.

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    exactly. according to google you should use 301 (moved permanently).

    then verify ownership, and wait until google boot will move it's mighty **s

    --edit--
    first hand information: http://support.google.com/webmasters...n&answer=83106
    Last edited by patryk; 04-01-2013 at 03:27 PM.

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    How do I do 301 redirects with a Wordpress site?

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    The best idea I can come up with is finding a plugin that can apply a "redirect" input for each post. I have one for Wordpress but I use StudioPress which comes with the input by default.

    At that point, you can go into each URL and direct the traffic to the new URL.



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