Best approach for a multi-domain strategy for ranking purposes

I have a domain with a local TLD www.example.cl; and I've been trying to rank for a while with some keywords www.exaple.cl/mykeyword. I believe to have so much better content than the rest, but the rest use EDM (exact domain match), so I believe I should do the same.

So the strategy would be redirect with 301 from www.example.cl/mykeyword to www.mykeyword.com.

I've also read that a 301 redirect should be the best option but redirecting from TLD ".com" to a ".org" would result in some juice loss for tanking. So I'm wondering if it's the same case for redirecting with 301 from ".cl" to a ".com"

Another strategy I'm thinking is adding a cannonical link in www.example/mykeyword to point to www.mykeyword.com and maintain both contents until Google ranks the new domain.

What do you think about these two strategies and what do you think about redirecting to different TLD.

Thank you.

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    My hunch is that none of this will really move the needle much compared to good organic link-building. As long as you have a long-term horizon (more than 2 months or so), the impact from the 301 will work out to be negligible. And while EDM is not irrelevant nowadays, it's less relevant than it was last decade. Apr 20, 2020 at 20:35
  • "with some keywords" - Are you planning on having a separate domain for each keyword?!
    – MrWhite
    Apr 20, 2020 at 21:34
  • In my humble opinion, you need to focus your efforts on canonical meta links, as Google recommends support.google.com/webmasters/answer/139066
    – nikant25
    Apr 21, 2020 at 10:29

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First, to answer your original question, a 301 redirect is probably best. You do lose a bit of "link juice" through the redirect, but it's a clear signal to Google that you're moving domains. If you go the canonical route, you have to set up a new domain and it may take Google a bit of time to fully crawl and index it if the site is not technically-sound or not very crawl-friendly. Additionally, while Google generally respects the user-declared canonical, this is not always the case.

With that said, targeting keywords in a domain name is less and less useful for ranking purposes these days. Especially as Google has been moving towards entity-based search and away from keyword phrases in recent years. (The best example of this is with the introduction of Knowledge Graphs in 2012.) Targeting a specific keyword won't help much when there are many keywords, phrases, attributes, and relations that make up a topic as a whole - which is in very basic terms how Google evaluates information now. See John Mueller's (a Google Trends Analyst) answer on this specific topic: Google on Ranking Power of Keyword Domains.

I'm not sure what you're trying to rank for but my suggestion to is to focus on creating authoritative and relevant content that's actually useful to real people, making sure your site is technically sound (mobile compatible, fix up any issues in Google Search Console) and optimizing for crawling and indexability (clean site/navigational structure, robust internal linking practices, submit a sitemap, ensure proper use of robots.txt). From there you can take advantage of enhancements like AMP to take advantage of Google's many rich search features, and adding Structured Data markup to help Google better understand your content.

There is a good reason for making this change, but not to better match target keywords. Rather, it would be to make your URLs more user-friendly. If the URL has better readability in SERPs, then you may improve CTR to your page and that would have an indirect positive effect on rankings.

I should also clarify that you should absolutely have target keywords in URLs. But changing your domain from a subfolder to a domain, changing the TLD, these things will have little impact on your rankings - though if .cl is a local TLD it could be helpful to change it to .com, but again that could only benefit rankings indirectly through improved user experience. Here is a nice guide on the best practices for URL structure.

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