7 Effective Moving Content to a New Domain Manuals

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CC: Your Move by Durotriges.

A buddy of mine, styletime, Twitter power user and one of the brightest new bloggers asked what else he should you look after when moving content to a new domain or blog beyond using an indispensable 301 redirect.

For those who are new to SEO:

When you don’t use a so called 301 permanent redirect to tell Google you moved it’s like changing your real life address and telling nobody where you’re at from now on.

Nobody will find you.


CC: Moving a Tree 1 by Satosphere.

There are several excellent effective howto’s, tutorials or manuals out there to tell Google and users your whereabouts. They all differ a little so I decided to compile a list of 7 effective “moving content to a new domain” Manuals. Most of them are from highly trustworthy SEO professionals, one is from Google itself:

  1. How to Move to a New Domain With Minimal Ranking Loss and Downtime – Search Engine Guide Blog
  2. How to Move Your Site to a New Domain According to Google | Ask Enquiro
  3. SEOmoz | Expectations and Best Practices for Moving to or Launching a New Domain
  4. SEO issues with moving a domain | RagePank SEO
  5. Bruceclay.com – How to Move Your Web Site without Chaos – SEO Blog
  6. Official Google Webmaster Central Blog: Best practices when moving your site
  7. How to: Move a Website…Should You Fear 301 Redirects Hurting Your Rankings? : SEO Book.com


CC: Moving, Always Moving by code poet.

On a side note: There is an old saying for programmers:
Never touch a running system. This means: When it works don’t change it. Likewise: When you rank high in Google, don’t move. New domains are bad for SEO.

Only move your website or content if you have no other option.

Also don’t mix moving your content to a new domain up with changing hosting. Changing your server has been explained by Matt Cutts of Google himself.