I have recently moved my website to a new domain name.

The old domain is 301 to the new domain, and I have followed all the procedure to inform Google about the domain change, using WebMaster Tool.

It's been almost a week and the new domain only has 1 page indexed. The old domain still has hundreds of pages indexed.

Is this normal and how long should I expect the new domain to be indexed in place of the old one ?

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    Be patient. Search engines are notoriously slow- think about it, you are concerned about one site and they are concerned about all the sites on the internet- it just plain takes time to index the site on the internet. It is not a fast process.
    – closetnoc
    Commented Jun 29, 2015 at 22:04
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    Takes much longer than a week. Normally 2-6 weeks minimal. Commented Jun 29, 2015 at 22:10

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There's a programmed delay just so that they make sure that tests run against the system are inconclusive. For that very reason, delay's' length is not always the same. So, you'll have to simply wait.

  • I understand. However I have also noticed that Google started indexing my pages on the new domain, which is great (although they still don't appear in GWM Tool). But the same pages on the old domain are still indexed (and they actually rank higher). I though the idea what that Google would remove the old domain and replace it with the new one. Instead it is currently indexing both. Or is it just temporary ?
    – Sam
    Commented Jun 30, 2015 at 14:30
  • If they are 301'd, they won't stay indexed for very long.
    – lucian
    Commented Jun 30, 2015 at 16:01
  • Even if you set 301s correctly and do a change of address in search console the old URLs can stay indexed for a very long time. Example, seomoz.com re branded to moz.com in March, 2013, yet there are still semoz.com URLS indexed and you can bet they did the domains switch correctly: goo.gl/s4kxUr
    – Max
    Commented Jul 1, 2015 at 11:45
  • Sure, always exceptions, buth that's what - less then 0,01% of all their urls?
    – lucian
    Commented Jul 1, 2015 at 11:56

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