Hey - just wanting some advice. I want to brand slightly differently with a better domain name. I have been active on my current Domain for almost 1 month here at WA. If I change to a new Domain, what will it do to my rankings in Google etc?

Also - is it easy to do? I assume you just get the new domain and somehow point my exiting site to the new domain name.

Thoughts? Thanks in anticipation.

Richard
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Christabelle Premium
Wow! This would be a major undertaking!
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ShaunFern Premium
I did this just yesterday. So couple of things.

Yes, You get to keep your rankings. As all of your old links will have a 301 permanent redirect setup automatically once you move. So if anyone go to the old link it will simply redirect to the new page. So for example: MyOldWebsite123.c0m/about-me will now redirect to --> MyNewWebsite123.c0m/about-me.

Yes It is really easy. All you have to do is go to: Siterubix > SiteManager > Move. - After that it takes a few seconds and your website is moved.

When I did this, I backed up my website first.
Dashboard > Tools > Export > All Content > Download Export File. (Just as a habit and a precaution)

Remember:

You must have bought your new domain beforehand and point the DNS servers to WA already. Don't do this within seconds of buying the new domain as it takes awhile for the DNS settings to resolve. If you haven't pointed the DNS settings to WA nameservers in your new domain name then it will give you an error.

YES: Move SiteRubix.com domain => Domain you Own
YES: Move Domain you own => Domain you own

Also make sure you don't delete your old website for awhile. This is because you need to give Google time to realize your old website has moved. (I would just keep it there till the domain expires)

Finally here's a video from Kyle.

https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/training/how-to-transfer-a-siterubix-website-to-your-own-domain

Shaun
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rwagener Premium
Great response - thanks so much. It is probably worth doing now, rather than later.
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ShaunFern Premium
happy to help :)
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JAZZmom41 Premium
I wondered about that.... what good information to know. I will coming back here to find out how everything works out. Hope everything works out for you Richard.
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rwagener Premium
So many things! Of course when we started you had little idea about things and just jumped in. I think i have a better understanding now of some things. However, not sure the domain will really make that much difference and so maybe its just not worth the effort and hassles of changing.
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Ken-Pringle Premium
If you are talking about just changing the domain name.
You can purchase another domain name and point it to
your current website domain name. Your ranking will
certainly change. You should then remove the current
domain from Google Webmaster Tools and add the
new one to avoid duplicate content. Not great!
You sure you want to go through all that?
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rwagener Premium
Thanks Ken - not sure I want to - but quite keen. I am just tying to work out the feasibility. Better now with only a few pages and posts than later! Would Google then re-index all the posts and pages or treat them as duplicate?
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Ken-Pringle Premium
Yes Google would as long as the content is still on another site.
Remove the content from the other site and all will be well.
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Michelle04 Premium
Hi. Yes, it is easy to do. Just like you did before. You wouldn't want to copy your information over from the older domain to the new one though, Google would get you for duplicate content. It' would just be like starting over.
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rwagener Premium
Are you suggesting I would have to completely re-enter everything? Or is there a better way?
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rwagener Premium
O - and thanks for replying :)
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Michelle04 Premium
You can't re-enter all your posts that you have already written and published. Google has already ranked those and if you put them out again, it is duplicate content. They wouldn't rank them the second time. :)
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rwagener Premium
Thanks - have to think carefully about if it is worth it or not.
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