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How do I rename a domain and preserve PageRank?

I launched a website a couple of years ago, bright eyed and bushy tailed, with dreams of conquering the world. Unfortunately it wasn't to be. Now, that I am a bit older and wiser, I have spent some money on branding and creating more quality content etc, I am re-branding and relaunching the site with a new domain name.

Although the traffic on the old site is laughable (i.e. non-existent), there are a few pages of good information on there and I don't want to lose any "juice" those pages may have gained because web crawlers have been seeing it for a few years now.

OK, the upshot of all that is this: I want to change my domain name from example.com to example.org. I am maintaining the same friendly urls I had before, only the domain name part of the url will change, so that any traffic coming to the old page will be forwarded/redirected? to the new page seamlessly.

How do I go about achieving this (i.e. what are the steps I need to carry out, and to minimize any "disruption" to any credibility the existing site has with Googlebot etc?

I am running Apache 2.x on a headless Linux (Ubuntu) server.

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marked as duplicate by John Conde Nov 13 '12 at 13:19

This question was marked as an exact duplicate of an existing question.

Just make sure that example.com redirects to example.org, Apache can be rather easily configured to do this, for example using the following configuration:

<VirtualHost *:80>
  ServerName example.com
  Redirect permanent / http://example.org/
</VirtualHost>
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Turns out this dosen't work. Please see my new question: webmasters.stackexchange.com/questions/38451/… – Homunculus Reticulli Nov 30 '12 at 21:24

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