SEO for domain move

Discussion in 'Search Engine Optimization and Marketing' started by bobreece20, Sep 1, 2013.

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  1. bobreece20

    bobreece20 New Member

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    Situation:
    Moved my domain from thefreegamesdb.com to tfgdb.com
    Used 301 redirects
    Submitted sitemaps for both domains to google
    Notified google of domain move
    3-4 weeks later google traffic is at 75% lower from original site.

    Problem:
    I don't really like my new domain name and really want to fix the search traffic.
    1. Would switching back to the original domain thefreegamesdb.com put my google search results back to normal?
    2. Will giving more time, cause my google traffic to stabilize/increase?
    3. Any other suggestions?
     
  2. chrishirst

    chrishirst Well-Known Member Staff Member

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    So why did you change it?

    1. No. it will simply extend the time it takes to recover.

    2. Possibly.

    3. Yes. Stop relying on traffic from Search.
     
  3. serlak2007

    serlak2007 New Member

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    I'm not sure why you changed your domain name, thefreegamesdb has a keyword in it, which is a major factor for SEO.
    1. Maybe, it has a keyword in the name so you should see some positive movement in rankings. However, if it will give you your pre-change traffic is $64000 question.... It depends on google algorithm and on your site and on hundreds of other factors.
    2. Hard to say. In organic factors only change is constant, so just because you are getting 100 visitors a day doesn't mean that you will get them until hell freezes over.
    3. Generate high quality content.
     
  4. chrishirst

    chrishirst Well-Known Member Staff Member

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    WRONG!! It never has been and with the current Google algorithms and filters, it is more likely to be a drawback.
     
  5. serlak2007

    serlak2007 New Member

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    :) Then how would you explain the fact that one of my EMD sites ranks first for quite competitive keyword and raising for other related keywords?
     
  6. chrishirst

    chrishirst Well-Known Member Staff Member

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    A: Rankings mean nothing at all. ESPECIALLY if you are always "rank checking"

    B: Does that particular key word appear NOWHERE ELSE on that particular document at the URL???
     
  7. chrishirst

    chrishirst Well-Known Member Staff Member

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    Oh and:


    How long has the website been live??
     
  8. serlak2007

    serlak2007 New Member

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    Before EMD update there was no content at all and it started ranking on the first page without any optimization at all, just few links from more or less good sites. Now it ranks number 1 and it does have good on-page optimization, however the content is not of a great quality.

    When you check rankings you have to use special software, then your ranking will not be affected by your cookies.
     
  9. serlak2007

    serlak2007 New Member

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    It got to the first page within two weeks after the website was created.
     
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2013
  10. chrishirst

    chrishirst Well-Known Member Staff Member

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    And you think that is a true measure??
    "Rankings" are affected by more than cookies.


    Nothing new there then.

    So why is it the domain name that gets the credit??


    And for the biggie, How are the conversions from these 'rankings' ??
     
  11. serlak2007

    serlak2007 New Member

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    Are you trolling me?

    Standard 2-5%
     
  12. chrishirst

    chrishirst Well-Known Member Staff Member

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    Don't flatter yourself, I'm not that interested.

    There's no 'standard' for conversion rates but 95% - 98% missing the target is a lot of wasted traffic.
     
  13. serlak2007

    serlak2007 New Member

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    I'm just not sure how to respond to statements that don't make sense, that's all.


    Yes there is, average conversion rate between all e-commerce sites on "The Internets" is about 2%. Yes, 98% miss the target but I don't pay a penny for it, since it is organic.
     
  14. chrishirst

    chrishirst Well-Known Member Staff Member

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    That is NOT a 'standard' just somebody's best guess.

    Maybe, but it does show that your "magic key word(s)" aren't that good.
     

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