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I found this post but I it doesn't answer my question completely. I have

  • https://de.example.com
  • https://es.example.com
  • and others

which I moved using 301 to

  • https://example.de
  • https://example.es
  • ...

The redirects work perfectly.

Currently do exist in the Google Search Console the following sitemaps URL:

  • https://de.example.com/sitemap.xml
  • https://es.example.com/sitemap.xml
  • ...

In the Search Console I already added/confirmed example.de, example.es, ... as new properties.

How can I tell the Search Console that these subdomains have been permanently moved so the existing ranking doesn't get lost?

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In the meantime I was further investigating and I found a solution. There is the "Change of Address Tool".

In my case there was the situation that I didn't have created yet in the Search Console for the subdomains the URL prefix properties.

First I had to do some preparation:

  1. 301 Permanent Forward from https://de.domain.com --> https://domain.de - already working
  2. Adding all subdomains as URL prefix property. For example https://de.domain.com.
  3. Adding a Domain property. For example domain.de.

Then I ran Settings | Change of address for each subdomain.

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  • The change of address tool can help speed up the migration. However it's those 301 redirects that are the key thing that tells all search engines that you have moved. You may see a temporary dip in traffic as Google discovers the redirects and later crawls the new URLs. – Tony McCreath Apr 17 at 22:17
  • @TonyMcCreath Yes, you are right. It's may be only some psychological step as I initiate the change of the address instead of waiting when my pages are the next in the scheduler list in the world of Google which is mostly a black hole... :-) – Peter VARGA Apr 18 at 11:19

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