Switching between a main domain & parked domain ??

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I am trying to switch two domain names, so the parked domain name will be a main name.
Do you have any advices to tell me on this?
Will this cause my web site to be totally lose my current ranking for a few months?


Thank you very much.
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Hi John,

Thinking about your sitution - why not use both domains? Just create yourself a second business site - obviously containing different content to your existing one - that way you wouldn't lose existing traffic and would generate a lot more.

Thats what i'd do in your situation anyway.

Im not sure what type of photography you do - but maybe target one site at weddings and events and the other at portraits & commercial....

Just an idea :)
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Tim Otool wrote:
I am trying to switch two domain names, so the parked domain name will be a main name.
Do you have any advices to tell me on this?
Will this cause my web site to be totally lose my current ranking for a few months?


Thank you very much.

Yes unfortunately this might be the case. You can leave both domain names however and have the current one redirect to the new one, or even better, just create a link in it to the new one and leave it like that for a few months so the search engines can crawl into it effectively.
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Following on from the same discussion, I am actively using my http://www.*.com domain, which does not seeem to be coming up in the UK specific searches. I have been advised by people to the http://www.*.co.uk domain but it does not have any PR at all. How can I do it efficiently without losing traffic?

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if your host supports .htaccess, you should use 301 redirects from the old domain to the new domain...

example:

upload to old site:

redirect 301 /index.html http://www.newdomain.com/index.html
redirect 301 /aboutme.html http://www.newdomain.com/aboutme.html

and so on...

Alternatively, if you can have both domains pointed to the original site, have the site setup such that the address re-writes to the new domain.

This can also be done with .htaccess on hosts that allow you use it to it's fullest.

The least impact on the search engines will likely be to use the 301 redirect - but this will depend on the two domains being equal in terms of search ranking ability...

ie, if you google for business web design, we should popup - if I decided to change the company URL from webyourbusiness.com to frontrangewebdesigncompany.com, I would not do so well for the generic search "business web design" but might be a lot better for "Front range web design company". At least google will hi-light the areas of the domain in the result which have an impact... this should help you a little.

hth

Greg from Web Your Business Inc.
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justice wrote:
Following on from the same discussion, I am actively using my http://www.ashleycharles.com domain, which does not seeem to be coming up in the UK specific searches. I have been advised by people to the http://www.ashleycharles.co.uk domain but it does not have any PR at all. How can I do it efficiently without losing traffic?

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justice,

setup your hosting so that both domains point to the same site - make sure that address re-writing is NOT turned on - ie, if you come in on the .com, the address stays at the .com - if you come in on the .co.uk, it stays on the .co.uk.

In your pages - use RELATIVE urls.

Concoct a way to output SLIGHTLY different pages for the .co.uk and .com - you can use SSI and check the REFERRING URL.

In the bottom of the pages, cross-link the .co.uk and .com variants of your domains.

Wait!

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