Implications of changing Domain Name with SEO etc...

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Zascar

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I started this website a few months ago and its going quite well so far. I have not done a huge amount of promoting the site yet, I want to to grow some naturally some more and then when it has a better presence I will put more effort into promoting and advertising etc. I'm gradually adding more decent content and getting strong organic traffic from Google etc. The forum has got a few members who are regular visitors but its this I want to grow most, but so far it's quite slow.

I've just bought a new domain name: www.digital.dj - and I will soon swap the whole site over, but I'm wondering how this affects search engine results? If I do a proper redirect etc will google reindex soon after and be much the same, or will I loose out because I change everything? I've few backlinks so far so that will not really matter.

Anything else I should know/worry about?
Thanks
 

mneylon

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If you do a proper 301 redirect you should be fine. This site was originally a sub domain, so I had to do that :)
 

glengara

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I can see the attraction but with G increasingly regionalising results I'd be a bit wary of switching to a .dj domain, how do they fare on G.co.uk?
 

Cormac

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Many people will say it doesn't matter, but I personally think there is a bias towards .coms

If I were you I would use digital.dj, it's far more unique and clever than the current domain you have.
 

Zascar

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Cormac is right, my current domain isn't the best. I think my new one is fantastic, I was so lucky to get it.

Are there any sites that give more info on if google gives a bigger weighting to .com's?
 

gary.b

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I say go with the Digital.Dj domain - it's short, memorable, and is definitely better than your dot com.

Forget about "SE ranking .coms higher bla bla bla.." - with a domain like digital.dj whatever little "penalty" google may have for .dj TLDs won't matter. (i seriously doubt it has any..)

The domain is a lot more "human friendly" and that's all that matters in the end.

Just make sure to properly redirect everything with .htaccess stuff.
 

Zascar

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It's been over a month now and I definitely think that it has affected my SEO...

I'll have to work harder now...
 

louie

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It takes time for google to remove and update to new pages.
One of my sites went from 35000 to 24000 pages because of a small change that I had to do to remove duplicates and pages that had no useful content in a mater of 2 weeks.
 

Cormac

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SEO isn't an over night thing.
If I were you I would look at removing those session IDs from your forum. Not sure if there is a plugin for phpbb which does that.
 

Zascar

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What do you mean Cormac?

http://digital.dj/forum/behringer-b-control-dj-bcd3000-t21.html

Do you mean remove the "-t21.html"

I got someone else to do it for me and that was the the best he could do.

Does it make a difference?
 
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