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    Sold domain - redirects query


    Hi, this is hopefully a simple answer,

    We've sold our domain (.com) and acquired a new one (.co.uk).

    Now, usual practice changing domains is to 301 redirect the pages, right?

    In this case though, the .com domain is going to be used by another company, so redirecting the home page for example would impact them - is that right? Or would servers start coming into this conversation as well? I.e. if .com is on another server does that change things?

    Just looking to see if I've understood this potential problem correctly.

    Thaks
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    If you don't control the old domain you can't redirect it can you, it's not yours. You've lost all SEO value.

    I'd contact anyone who's linked to you, and tell the webmasters that you've changed domains asap.
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    Thanks, ah yes I thought that might be the case. So is that the case even if the OWNERSHIP of the domain is being tranferred at the end of the month, and the domain is being migrated next week?

    Backlink audit is already on my to do list :-)

    Even if the domain ownership is being transferred at a later date, other than updating links is there anything we can do SEO wise?

    Redirects was my only potential solution but as you've just confirmed that's not going to be possible.
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    You could make 301 redirects, but as soon as it switches hands they'll remove them. So there's no point in doing that really.

    You're starting afresh. So, just do what everybody else does when they started from fresh. Hopefully you don't regret the decision to sell up!
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    Awesome yeah that's what I thought but always nice to double check with some fellow SEO's :-) It was a decision out of my hands but apparently we made a lot from it - certainly a lot more than what our traffic is worth at the moment.

    Cool, thanks!
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    Originally Posted by hward
    Awesome yeah that's what I thought but always nice to double check with some fellow SEO's :-) It was a decision out of my hands but apparently we made a lot from it - certainly a lot more than what our traffic is worth at the moment.

    Cool, thanks!
    That's good then :-)

    No problem!

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