We're in the process of migrating our domain from A to B. This is the first time I have done this, so I started researching best practices.
Going straight to the source, I watched Matthew Cutts "Changing your website's domain name". Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wATxftE8ooE
I know it's a bit dated (2011), but it seemed quite reasonable. Specific takes...
- Remove the new domain from parked. (40 secs)
- Add a page to the new site with one or two paragraphs stating (something like) "This is going to be the new site". (1:10)
- Google will try to detect domains that transition from parked to aid migration. (1:16)
- Do this process slowly at first. (1:25)
I began this process - purchased the new domain and established the one-page summary of intention. I intended to sit on it for about a month before initiating any migration.
Google has since indexed the site. SERP states:
<domain> is Parked <domain> is Parked. Thank you for visiting <domain>. A parked domain means that the owner / registrant has not yet published their website or pointed the...
Before I purchased the domain, it did not appear in SERP at all.
Needless to say, my page does not say the above. Google has added this summary to SERP.
Is this a mistake? Any insights you can provide would be greatly appreciated. Thank you