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    Change of domain


    Hi,

    We have decided to move our site to a new domain as the old one was ranking really badly and the new one has our primary keyword in it.

    My question is what to do with the old domain? should I apply for a change of address or request the site to be delisted from google. I have already 301 redirected it.

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    Are you sure you didn't 301 redirect the problem to your new site?
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    So what should I do? we do still need the old domain to redirect until the new domain takes over.
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    Typically we do a risk assessment before redirecting a domain. However, if you have already done the redirecting then I would say to keep the domain alive and redirecting for up to 2 or 3 months. this will give Google's crawlers enough time to re-crawl everything and update the index. Also you need to consider traffic that isn't coming from Google that might be impacted if you stop a redirection. How many of your users visit the site through browser bookmarks for example?

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