Moving To A New Domain To Escape A Google Penalty Might Not Work Says Google

Aug 26, 2019 • 7:37 am | comments (22) by | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

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This isn't exactly new, news - I covered this in 2014, but with the news around Dejan getting hit badly by a manual action, his plan is to move to a new domain and not redirect the old domain to the new. But John Mueller from Google rained on his parade, if you can call it a parade, by saying Google will find you.

John Mueller from Google said "Just to state the obvious, since the sites are the same, Google will treat them the same & pick a canonical for the combined signals. You don't necessarily need to do a 301 to have it be seen as a site move."

Here are the tweets:

John responds:

Dan responds:

Then someone else chimed in with more questions:

This will be a super interesting case study for the SEO community when it is all set and done - if it is can ever truly be "done."

Here is Dejan's response to this story with my thoughts:

Forum discussion at Twitter.

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