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I am aware of the Google webmaster tool for changing addresses, which according to the help applies for the following site moves:

  • The protocol: http://www.example.com to https://www.example.com
  • The domain name: example.com to example.net
  • The URL paths: example.com/page.php?id=1 to example.com/widget

So just to be sure, if I am to change my domain from www.example.com to example.com a 301 redirect would be sufficient and I do not need the Google site move tool? Or are there people who have bad experiences with this?

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on changing www to non-www, you should do both:

1 make a 301 redirect

2 make a change in the search console

  • Without the first you get duplicated content issue
  • without the second you get wrong data in the search console and in analytics, if search console bound to it.
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    "make a change in the search console" - to be clear, the change in the search console does not involve the "change of address" tool that the OP is asking about, but the "Site Settings" > "Preferred domain" option. – MrWhite Feb 21 '16 at 17:22
  • Thanks to both of you. The combination of answers is perfect. – Neograph734 Feb 21 '16 at 17:44

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