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Stoney deGeyter writes, "Moving your site to a new domain is remarkably similar to moving to a new physical address. One of the primary areas of concern is making sure the search engines not only continue to deliver traffic to your new location, but you don’t lose all your search engine rankings in the process."
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from bbcarter 2345 Days ago #
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Caveat: Matt Cutts said, 301 redirect sections of your site at a time, not all at once.

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from Jill 2345 Days ago #
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bbcarter, do you have a link to where he said that? That sounds like a very odd suggestion to me so I’d definitely like to read what he said in context.

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from dedmond29 2344 Days ago #
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The official Google Webmaster Blog has a post on this which references testing 1 section or sub-domain first to ensure success.  Here’s a link to the original post back in April:http://tinyurl.com/5s2w3qI’ve moved entire sites in a single stage and not had an issue - but its important to make sure you’ve "covered all the bases", particularly if you are redirecting page by page.

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from g1smd 2344 Days ago #
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If you’re moving to a new domain it is also important that internal path names, filenames, and so on, stay the same; and that there is a one-to-one correlation with the redirect going to the same page on the new domain as was on the old domain.  Don’t change the domain name and the site structure at the same time.

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from chartwell 2344 Days ago #
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We just did this a while ago, and I posted the results here.

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from MBison 2344 Days ago #
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I’m yet to read of any specific examples within the past year of domain moves resulting in a permanent loss of rankings when these simple steps are followed. It seems that Google has really improved in this area, though a "Google certified domain change" would still be nice and a lot less stressful for those moving domains.

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from cfconcepts 2344 Days ago #
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Here is a google search for matt Cutts and 301 redirects here

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