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I am trying to figure out best-practise for moving a single page of content from one domain to another in a way that will preserve search engine ranking. I have found plenty of instructions for wholesale domain moves, but this situation is slightly different.

I have a blog, one page of which gets a lot of search traffic for a specific term. I would like to take that one page of content and move it to an entirely new domain, which I will then use to start adding new content to.

My plan so far:

  • register the new domain
  • remove the single page of content from the old domain
  • put up the single page of content on the new domain
  • set up a 301 redirect for the URL of the page on the old domain, pointing to the new domain

Is this the right way to do it? Is there anything else I need to do in order to keep Google happy?

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You weren't be obliged to ask the question, your plan is the best one. –  Zistoloen Jun 19 '13 at 14:21

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Yes, that's a good start. To add to your steps:

  • Check to make sure that you don't have any internal links to the old page in your content or sitemap, and if so change them to the new URL.

  • Check for external links in Google Webmaster Tools, and if possible, try to contact the webmaster of the referring site to change them to the new URL.

  • To avoid any potential for duplicate content issues, in case it appears elsewhere, you might add a Canonical link to the page.

  • Submit your updated sitemap to Google Webmaster Tools, and other search engines.

  • Use the "Fetch As Google" function in Google Webmaster Tools so that Google will re-crawl and index your site. See this for more information on that: Ask Google to crawl a page or site
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Great answer, thanks - I completely forgot about the checking for internal links. –  mojones Jun 19 '13 at 14:31
    
You're welcome. It's a good question, and will likely help others too. –  dan Jun 19 '13 at 14:34
    
I added info about using a canonical link, as a precaution (it can't hurt). –  dan Jun 19 '13 at 14:43
    
@mojones Why you are not accepting this answer? its a nice answer –  Sundara Jun 19 '13 at 19:11
    
@Danny Thanks! Nice name BTW :-) –  dan Jun 19 '13 at 19:33

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