I am migrating to a new domain, the previous domain that I had it was really just used for me to learn how to develop websites, so the traffic, if any, of the old website is not important for me, the problem here is that now I am concern about the new website SEO, I do care about this new domain and since the new website is going to have the same information as the old one, I was wondering if google is going to penalize my new domain for having essentially the same content of the old website. I did implement a sitemap, link it to search console and even had analytics, just for testing idk if this information is relevant for the issue, but just to point it out.

I am also using a default header file for every page in the website, so since SEO takes into account the title and the description of the page, should I stop using this default header? or there is a way to overwrite the information for each page. I am using php require for header and footer files.

  • Why don’t you redirect (with 301)?
    – unor
    Mar 20, 2017 at 1:18
  • @unor because I only have hosting for one website
    – Rialcom
    Mar 20, 2017 at 1:57

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If you are not using redirects it will take Google longer to rank your new site. It may take 6 months to a year. Eventually Google will realize that it isn't duplicate content because your old website is gone.

There are often free ways to implement 301 redirects from your old site to your new site. Many domain registrars offer redirection services for free with domain registration. For example if you registered the domain with Godaddy (or transfer it to Godaddy) you can follow their instruction here. Make sure you choose the option with 301 redirects.

As for you header and footer, you should customize the title and meta description of each page. For the mechanics of how to set that in a variable and pass it to your included header file see this question on StackOverflow: PHP pass variable to include

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