Moved site, can't keep old domain, any way to not lose seo?

by kristinecpa 7 replies
Hello all. I have a URL that I am being forced to give up. Long story but bottom line is it's non-negotiable and I have to give up the domain name soon. The problem is I have a site on that domain that is over 7 years old, has 85 posts and gets a lot of organic traffic. I don't want to lose that!

I already moved the site to a new URL and currently have 301 redirects in place. However, once I give up the URL, I will lose the 301 redirects, correct? Is there anything I can do to keep from losing all the years of links, SEO and hard work I've put into this site? How long do redirects need to be in place to be of benefit? Would it help if I'm able to keep the URL until my registration expires (in three months) vs. giving it up today?

Thank you in advance.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    Trademark issue? Just a guess.

    I'd focus on building up links to the new url - you are going to lose anything to do with the older url once you lose the domain - no way around that.

    You can continue redirects for 3 months if you are allowed to use the domain until it expires.....but that's not going to help for long.

    Really sad to lose access to a 7 yr old domain! I feel for you.

    However 85 posts in 7 years isn't much and if you get good traffic on that no reason you can't build up that traffic again on a new domain by ramping up the activity for faster results. I'd focus on identifying where traffic is coming from - what keywords/topics are drawing the most traffic, etc. And back up your posts so you can reuse them.

    Also, if I am giving up a domain, I remove any and all content from that domain before it expires.
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  • Profile picture of the author enstinemuki
    No way around it. If you could just maintain the old domain for a couple of months...

    See, less than a year ago, I moved my blog to new location and as we speak all the entries on SERP are now pointing to the new location.
    All I did was just a 301 redirect as well.

    I do not know how soon you have to drop the domain but I would recommend holding it up for a longer period so the link juice be completely transferred to new location
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  • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
    Nope. There is nothing you can do to preserve the rankings and SEO work you have done. You are SOL.
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  • Profile picture of the author kristinecpa
    Thank you for your replies, not what I was hoping to hear, but not unexpected. I appreciate the help!
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  • Profile picture of the author paulgl
    Why are you waiting for it to expire? Why not renew the friggin thing?

    No domain (even though you keep saying url) can be taken from you without some sort of legal action taken.

    I would never give up a domain.

    If it was being taken from you, then you would not be waiting 3 months for it to expire.
    You would not be doing any 301. It would be gone now.

    The good news, is that a 301 only has anything good for a short time. Hows 3 months sound?

    Forget the 301....put a link to your new site right smack dab on the center front page.

    At least you get some love for 3 months.

    And you have 3 months to work your butt off.

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  • Profile picture of the author yukon
    Originally Posted by kristinecpa View Post

    Hello all. I have a URL that I am being forced to give up. Long story but bottom line is it's non-negotiable and I have to give up the domain name soon. The problem is I have a site on that domain that is over 7 years old, has 85 posts and gets a lot of organic traffic. I don't want to lose that!

    I already moved the site to a new URL and currently have 301 redirects in place. However, once I give up the URL, I will lose the 301 redirects, correct? Is there anything I can do to keep from losing all the years of links, SEO and hard work I've put into this site? How long do redirects need to be in place to be of benefit? Would it help if I'm able to keep the URL until my registration expires (in three months) vs. giving it up today?

    Thank you in advance.


    You can't redirect something you don't own, therefore you will lose the traffic/rank.
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  • Profile picture of the author papercloud
    it will really be a pity to lose all of that hardwork! why not just renew it?
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