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Suppose, just as an example, I have a website with domain www.gifts-for-dogs.com.....but after a few years I start selling stuff for Cats and Fish. I may not keep enough of a range of products for these other type of pets yet, so can't justify changing the domain name and logo (to something like gifts-for-pets.com) just yet....but envisage that I eventually may have to in the not too distant future.

What would be a good strategy here and what are the steps I would have to consider before making these changes?

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Your existing customers will know that you sell more than dog gifts but new customers will be confused or might scratch their heads.

I mean zappos started out selling shoes and now they sell more than shoes but their domain name is not as specific as yours.

The best thing I think you can do is while keeping the same site start another site with a new domain. And to market the new site include a banner in your dog site and let people know that you are partners/sister site. Just build up the new site on the shoulder of the dog site.

good luck.

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Get a new website (gifts-for-pets.com say). Create some sub-domains (or simply pages if you want):

dogs.gifts-for-pets.com (or gifts-for-pets.com/dogs)

cats.gifts-for-pets.com (or gifts-for-pets.com/cats)

etc

Redirect (301) www.gifts-for-dogs.com to dogs.gifts-for-pets.com so your SEO for existing site remains intact.

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Just to confirm. With a Redirect (301), when a person types dogs.gifts-for-pets.com, their browser will actually show whatever is on the server mapped to 'gifts-for-dogs.com' but their domain will just show as dogs.gifts-for-pets.com? –  nitbuntu Jan 18 '11 at 11:04

Sub domain also consider like a mini site. I suggest you to create categories for new new stuff. Name internal web page using your keywords and promote those urls. I am sure you won't be needed new domain or sub domains.

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