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Will altering my HOSTS file allow me to access sites that can't be directly accessed via IP?

Yes - altering a HOSTS file locally to redirect a domain to an IP isn't the same as simply typing in that IP into the browser. The reason why is that in shared hosting, one IP address houses multiple ...
Tony DiNitto's user avatar
11 votes
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Potential concerns or gains from buying and hosting content on a domain that has been redirecting for 17 years?

You really have nothing to worry about in this case. Google understands that domains are bought, sold, and reused all the time. It's not an issue that the domain hasn't hosted content before and has ...
Maximillian Laumeister's user avatar
10 votes
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Google Analytics - Is there a way to import Universal Analytics property data into Google Analytics 4 property

There is no way to migrate historical data from Universal Analytics (UA) to Google Analytics 4 (GA4). When you migrate, you can avoid data loss by dual-tagging. That is include both GA4 tags and UA ...
Stephen Ostermiller's user avatar
5 votes

Does changing a website's platform affect its SEO?

Any used framework under the hood has no effect on the SEO. What it matters SEO wise is the front-end (on Site SEO), and the off-site SEO. Generally any structural, mark-up, content changes have ...
FFrewin's user avatar
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Should I disallow crawling of HTTP after moving to HTTPS?

If you're already 301 redirecting HTTP traffic to HTTPS then you've got the biggest step already done. Any links to HTTP pages will get redirected to the relevant HTTPS page, and search engines will ...
Andrew Lott's user avatar
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How do I handle a LOT of redirects when migrating a medium sized site?

I would very much like to use wildcard redirects where possible (like in the directory structure that contains 2,000 MP3 files). If your server software is apache, then you can use the rewrite module ...
Mike -- No longer here's user avatar
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Does having your domain and web host at the same company reduce DNS propagation times?

Propagation times are controlled by the time to live (TTL) that is set on the DNS record. The only way to get DNS changes live faster is to have a shorter TTL specified. GoDaddy may be offering ...
Stephen Ostermiller's user avatar
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Will altering my HOSTS file allow me to access sites that can't be directly accessed via IP?

The short answer is yes. Adding the domain name and IP to your HOSTS file will resolve the domain, locally, to the IP you have entered. When you then visit that domain in your web browser, along with ...
Tim Malone's user avatar
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301 Redirects to one single page

Well, to determine the "best" answer, I'd want to know if you plan to bring back the blog posts that have not been migrated or if they are permanently removed from your website. If they are ...
Matthew Edgar's user avatar
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Server was down for 4 hours. What will be the impact on SERPs?

There should be no impact on your search engine rankings for an outage that lasts less than 24 hours. Google understands that occasional outages are unavoidable. They don't de-index pages or un-rank ...
Stephen Ostermiller's user avatar
3 votes

Least SEO-disruptive HTTPS migration strategy

install certificate for the main domain and all subdomains make site accessible with https, check all subdomain combinations change all internal links in the whole codebase to https check twice, ...
Evgeniy's user avatar
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Do I need to re-index my site in Google Search Console when migrating from Wix to WordPress with new hosting?

When you moved to Wix to WordPress, your URLs likely changed. You need to implement 301 permanent redirects between every Wix URL to every WordPress URL. Here is an article about Wix to WordPress ...
Stephen Ostermiller's user avatar
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How to move posts from a website to another without hurting SEO?

To make the transition as seamless as possible, redirect each page from the old B site url, to its new location in the new A site url.
marcanuy's user avatar
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3 votes

Is it a Good Practice to move a blog from HTTP to HTTPS?

Google deals with HTTPS redirection absolutely fine and maintaining the ranking. Generally, when you move to HTTPS, you may not notice a ranking drop at all. In some cases even if there will be a ...
TopQnA's user avatar
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3 votes

How to use htaccess file for site migration?

Creating a new URL like "old.example.com" has absolutely no value here. You'll just confuse Google and run the risk of appearing spammy - they don't like "gateway" domains and it might appear like ...
WebElaine's user avatar
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3 votes
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Will changing my backend systems or CMS hurt my search engine rankings?

If you will plan well then you should be fine. Key things in planning: URL management: You should build system so that old URLs should redirect to respective new ones. At least for those pages where ...
TopQnA's user avatar
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Will changing a site from no-www to using www affect SEO?

as long as you 301 redirect the 'naked' (i.e. non-www) domain to the www, you should be fine.
Jake 1986's user avatar
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Would search engines penalize migrating to a new blogging platform while keeping the same content and URLs?

Google doesn't care about the serverside engine only indirectly it affects your resulting page. And this you can check via: https://developers.google.com/speed/pagespeed/insights/ Indirectly all of ...
aholbreich's user avatar
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Changing GA property after changing domain?

That does depend on how it's set up, as there may be a number of different things. A good checklist to follow is: Update the settings on the property with the new domain. Exactly what you need to ...
GeoffAtkins's user avatar
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When changing domains and renaming pages are redirects really necessary? How long do they need to be in place?

Any invalid URLs should serve a "410 Gone" error with a message informing the user that the page they are requesting no longer exists, and with links to the top-level site pages. How you do ...
mistercoffee66's user avatar
2 votes

Should I disallow crawling of HTTP after moving to HTTPS?

Issue 1 No, there's no advantage to blocking crawling of HTTP so no reason to do it. Further, and this is a bit speculative, it may interfere with the flow of value from external links referencing ...
GDVS's user avatar
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How can I export Wordpress site's data (specially users and comments) to a CMS/board built from scratch?

Your users are located in the wp_users table. Your posts are located in the wp_posts table and your comments are located in the wp_comments table. Simply export these tables with the tool of your ...
JCL1178's user avatar
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2 votes

Does changing a website's platform affect its SEO?

Can you answer all these questions with "yes": Is the html the same after the change? Is the content the same after the change? Is the site's speed the same after the change? Are the sent headers ...
Martijn's user avatar
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Least SEO-disruptive HTTPS migration strategy

You should not do this exactly as you state, for a very simple reason: You should view http and https are two different sites and in this case they'll have identical content, which means duplicated ...
Martijn's user avatar
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How do I seamlessly implement Google Tag Manager to a site that already has GA and Search Console?

Your CEO is right, Google Tag Manager is definitely the way forward and it offers so much more than Google Analytics. The first step is to add the Google Tag Manager container snippet to your site. ...
Kirsty Simms's user avatar
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2 votes
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Converting static site to WordPress, ensuring the current SEO remains

SEO has nothing really to do with the underlying technology that drives a site. If the page content, domain name, and URL structure are effectively remaining the same then you should see no drastic ...
Chris Rutherfurd's user avatar
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Can redirecting away from WordPress.com with a "Poor Man's Redirect" preserve SEO?

No, my solution (the Poor Man’s Redirect) would not preserve SEO. By destroying the content on the WordPress.com site, you remove it’s relevancy to search engines. The content on the external site ...
JCL1178's user avatar
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2 votes
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How to migrate from the old domain to the new domain?

All the existing links won't automatically change to the new domain. They never will, except on some websites that take the time or have that automated. But as long as you keep olddomain.com with the ...
Alexis Wilke's user avatar
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2 votes
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test site on different server then live server with same URL

Sounds like you need to change the HOSTS file on your machine. See this article for more information. Essentially you tell your computer that a particular domain has a specific IP address so it goes ...
Erik Berger's user avatar
2 votes

How to get Google to de-index all the old URLs that now return 404 status?

You don't need to do anything to get those URLs removed from Google. Google will automatically remove the old URLs from its index the next time it crawls them. Your old URLs will start to get ...
Stephen Ostermiller's user avatar

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