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Old 09-15-2005   #1
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We are redesigning our site, and in order to do so we are switching domains. When you switch domains and redirect people to your new site do the links to your old site still "count" in your link popularity to the new site?
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Old 09-16-2005   #2
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Hello kespilseth,

Its a good thing you're asking before hand regarding this. You will have to get all the sites that link to your old website and have them link to your new website (url).

Your new url will be starting off as a brand new one (assuming it has not been used before). ALso, one thing that I would do is register it for at least 4 or 5 years in advance.

The bad news is that there's a chance you may have problems with Google and the sandbox theory. Also with a redesign, just a reminder, check your logs to see what phrases people are using to find your site, take notice of your top pages and the content. Changing the content could also have a negative affect on your rankings/traffic.
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I have not tried this so I can't say with certainty that its the best way to go, but I have tried the alternative and that's not pretty.

use a 302 redirect on your old domain to your new one. Redirect EVERY old page to its new counterpart this way, so anybody or search engine looking for the old will find the new.

After about six months to a year you change all the redirects to 301 permanent redirect. This *should* keep you out of the sandbox and performing well.

You also want to contact all other sites linking to your old domain and request they change the link to the new domain.

The alternative is just the 301 redirect, which *should* be the proper way to go, but you definitely hit sandboxing issues.
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kespilseth,

Is it totally necessary to have to change domain names, or would you be able to keep your old one and still make it fit with your redesign? Ideally, it would be much easier if you could keep your old domain, and just launch a new website.
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