What happens to my google rankings if I switch web site hosts?

Asked by Melinda Magee, 78248 Mon Dec 1, 2008

I have had a web site with advanced access for about 6 years. They have no blog feature. Thinking of switching to a top producer web site and adding a blog. Will my rankings suffer if I switch. I would keep the domain name but the look would be completely different.

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Don Maclary, Agent, Virginia Beach, VA
Sat Jun 29, 2013
I redid mine and added blog on wp site for better Google traffic
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Judi Monday,…, Agent, Green Valley, AZ
Sat Jun 29, 2013
As long as you keep your domain name you shouldn't see any reduction in your Google rankings--and by adding a blog which is "original content" and ranks high with Google you should see it increase over time.
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John Souerbry, Agent, Fairfield, CA
Fri Jun 28, 2013
I recently moved a couple sites from WordPress to WordPress hosted elsewhere and there was no reduction in ranking. Once the crawl took place, it looked like a lot of my old content was new - which caused the site to rank higher.
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Ben Sepian, Agent, Glendale, CA
Fri Jun 28, 2013
Dear Melinda,
as long as you don't change your URL your ranking should not be affected. But you would want to contact Google and get the best answer to your question. Even SEO companies would give you a variety of answers. Best regards!
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David, , La Jolla, CA
Mon Dec 1, 2008
Melinda, you dont want to get rid of anything. What you want to do is augment and enhance not reduce.

Having an additional website or blog will only help your business. Find out what works on your current site and add it to your new site with links going back and forth. The whole premise with viral marketing is to link one by one then two by two etc...

I have 10 active websites that piggy back each other own specific marketing maximizing every dollar spent.
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The Hagley G…, Agent, Pleasanton, CA
Mon Dec 1, 2008
I was also with advanced access and switched to a graphicaldata website. AA, after they were sold, did not keep up with the technology that other sites were offering....pus customer service declined.

It only took a couple of weeks for the switch to totally be reflected on Google.
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Dp2, , Virginia
Mon Dec 1, 2008
Since you'll retain the domain name and content, then--as Melissa mentioned earlier--you should be OK. Adding fresh content--that's unique--will help to increase your pagerank. You should migrate (or copy) your content and test how it loads, before changing your DNS entry to point to the new server. Next, modify your DNS entry, and re-test.

Assuming everything still works correctly, then start adding your new content. It will take Google a few days to spider (or find) and index your content. You might also want to check out some references on SEO writing; this will help you to write your content in a way that will make it easier to index (and will have the added bonus of making your content easier to reference--which will eventually help to increase your pagerank).
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Melissa Riley, Agent, Yorktown Heights, NY
Mon Dec 1, 2008
Hi Melinda,
I would copy and paste the same content and duplicate your links. If you have identical content and only move to a different host, you should be ok and not penalized.
If you add a blog, that is fresh content, which Google favors. It should get indexed/crawled quickly and have a positive impact on your search if you keep up with blog entries each week. With a blog, you will have more flexibilty with making sure your key words/phrases reflect how your buyers and sellers will search in your area.
Good luck!
Hope this helps.
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Steve Fergus…, , Austin, TX
Mon Dec 1, 2008

I have asked this question several times and have had several different answers given but the consensus is yes it will affect your ranking because the actual content is changing. That is one reason I have not changed my website as well. Hope this helps.

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