I've moved my site to a new domain. Can I submit a Sitemap to tell Google to index the new site rather than the old site? What else should I do to ensure a smoothly move?

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Submitting a Sitemap for the new site is a great first step, because that helps Google learn about the new pages right away. Make sure you place the new Sitemap in the root directory of the new site as the Sitemap must be located on the same domain as the site URLs contained in it.

Another important thing to do is redirecting visitors from the old site to the new one. Put a 301 (permanent) redirect on every page of the old site to point to the corresponding page on the new site (301 redirect code samples).

Follow Matt's advice on DNS changes. Leave the old server up and running forever, but at least until you're sure that all Web robots request your content from the new domain! If you sell or give away the old domain, make sure that the new owner provides a link to your new home. Even if you contact all Webmasters linking to you during the move, there will remain a few links pointing to your content under the old domain.




Thursday, December 15, 2005 by Vanessa

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