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    Domain Name Change - Best way to tell Google


    I unfortunately have to change the domain name of our site. What's the best way to do this without losing our rankings?

    I read the information on Google and have setup the new domain name with the exact same information as the original domain name and the old domain name does a 301 redirect to the new domain name. I also contacted the sites that Google said linked to us and requested they update their links to our new site.

    Anything else I can do... or should I expect a drop in traffic once I decommission the old domain name?

    Calvin
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    Calvin,

    Actually I have had a bunch of experience in the area playing with domains etc... its fun nonetheless. Basically what you described will work just fine, you can also just have your Domain register (like enom.com) redirect to your new domain. Your previous domain will show up in the rankings, but display title and keyword info from your new site (domain) and then redirect people to it.

    Hope that helps.
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    Unfortunately, due to legal reasons, we have to decomission a site completely soon. Which means completely stop using the domain name. Hence the reason I'm worried that once I completely stop using the domain name, all our work in getting rankings is gone.

    Calvin

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