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Let’s talk SEO and domain names September 1, 2010 7:50 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Technology
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Say for more than half a decade (really its been a decade) Cathy has blogged as DomesticPsychology.com and she has. Let’s say on a whim she decides she would rather be blogging as CathyMcCaughan.com (in reality she hasn’t..this is simply a working example). Currently http://CathyMcCaughan.com forwards to http://domesticpsychology.com/. To complicate things, let’s say they are registered at 2 different registrars so DNS is handled by two different organizations.

Many options exist for moving a domain name. What is the best way to make http://cathymccaughan.com/ the primary url for Cathy’s website instead of http://domesticpsychology.com/ without losing the search engine rankings or readership and without creating broken links?

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1. Jonathan Hickman - September 1, 2010

This totally isn’t my specialty, but wouldn’t you do a permanent 301 redirect?

2. Jonathan Hickman - September 1, 2010

commenting again to check the little box. always forget.

3. @tma - September 1, 2010

Yup, Jonathan has it. Google covers this in an article
http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=93633


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