Moving the site to another domain. Search engine index.

Started by Ronny, Aug 27, 2022, 01:25 PM

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RonnyTopic starter

Hi. Have a long running website. For reasons beyond my control had to change the domain name to another. Instructions for this case read in google-guide.

Question to all: share your real experience. Maybe there are some clever solutions?
- How much the site subsides?
- Will the new domain will have the same position?
- How does google react? How do other search engines react?


Yes, I transferred my site to https recently, my hosting has started to provide a free certificate. So far I can not say anything, because little time has passed, the traffic in place, when google indexes the new address, then you will see. But it seems to me, nothing will change, it will be better, especially for the promotion in google.

RonnyTopic starter

Well, I actually asked about moving to another domain, not just about changing the protocol of interaction between the user and the resource.
It used to be:, now it is
Let me repeat: this is a forced measure.


Got it.
It'll go down for a month or a month and a half. Maybe a little more. And don't forget about proper relocation. Redirect 301, settings in webmaster, google in Search Console...


I once had the question of moving, but as practice and theory, as well as feedback from those who still dared, the position sag very much and return to previous positions may take up to six months, perhaps more. Personally, I would not recommend you move to a new domain. But as it happened...


Proper redirect will save. Very important: not only the main page, but all the rest. All without exception, look in the dashboard metrics query frequency.
The task you have, - not to envy.


After the transfer, which I understand you did, a quick reindexing in webmaster panels will help a lot.
Also you will need paid thematic traffic to the site.
Just buy it on the appropriate exchange.


Before you finally change web site domain, you need to set up redirects correctly. Redirection is needed to direct traffic from the old domain to the new one.
This is an important step that will help to maintain the ranking in search engines. Remember that you need to set up redirects from all old URLs to new ones, not just from the main page of the site. That is, by typing in the address bar , the visitor should automatically get to .

To redirect, you need to use only 301 redirects (for example, a 302 redirect can lead to problems with indexing the site), and the mechanism of its implementation depends on which web server or CMS you use. At the same time, you need to configure not only page-by-page redirects, but also for versions with/without www, as well as for http and https.

Go to Google Search Console and specify a new domain for your site (you can also work with other search engines, such as Bing and so on).
At first, your site may sink in the search results, but do not be afraid. If you have configured everything correctly, search robots will soon bypass the new domain, the search database will be updated, and the pages of the old resource will be replaced with new ones.

When you complete the move to a new domain name, it is better not to delete the redirect entries on the previous website for 6 months (or until the traffic from search engines becomes small enough).
Put the current Sitemap in the root of the site.