Weekly SEO news: 5 October 2021
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1. How to migrate your website to a new domain

Sometimes, it can be necessary to change the URLs of your existing pages. For example, URLs might change from HTTP to HTTPS. It can also be that your domain name changes from old.com to new.com, or that your new content management system (CMS) uses a new URL structure (example.com/keyword instead of example.com/page.php?id=123).

How to migrate your website

How to migrate your website

Google has some recommendations if you want to migrate your old website to a new URL structure:

  • You can move your website in sections. You do not have to move everything together.
  • Redirecting your old URLs with a 301 or 302 redirect does not cause a loss in PageRank (you should use a 301 redirect if you redirect the URLs permanently).
  • Prepare a URL mapping from the current URLs to their corresponding new format.
  • Prepare the new site and test it thoroughly.
  • HTTPS sites receive a small ranking boost, but don't expect a visible change. Google uses HTTPS as a positive ranking signal. This signal is one among many others, and currently carries less weight than high-quality site content.
Check these points before you switch your URLs.

How long does it take to migrate your website?

Google's John Mueller said that site migrations take a few days if you do everything correctly.

"In the past it was definitely the case that [a site migration] was more visible in that you would move to a new domain and it would take several months for everything to settle down.

Nowadays our systems are pretty good in that if you move to a new domain, you follow all of the steps in our Help Center then sometimes within a day or two things will just switch over and you'll see pretty much no change with regards to search."

John Mueller also says that you should be careful:

"Any domain migration, a bigger change of URLs within a website, are always a scary situation for me still. I would really be careful about what you do there and make sure that you really follow step by step the Help Center guides. [...]

If you do everything right, a domain migration is just a matter of a day or so and everything will look really effortlessly. But there are lots of ways that you can do things wrong and there are lots of other types of migrations that you can do which do end up taking a much longer time."

You can view John Muellers statement here.

Optimize your web pages now

Many factors have an impact on the position of your web pages on Google. Even if you do not migrate your website, you should make sure that your web pages offer everything that Google needs.

The website audit tool in SEOprofiler and the Top 10 Optimizer tool in SEOprofiler help you to make sure that your web pages get high rankings.

Optimize your website now

2. Internet marketing news of the week

John MuellerJohn Mueller about structured data

"Structured data ("schema") is a great way to give search engines insight into your content, and required for most rich results experiences in search, so I think that's a great idea. Long term - 5, 10, 15 years forwards - maybe AI/ML will help cover the gaps, it's hard to say now."

Editor's note: Use the rich results creator tool in SEOprofiler to create structured data code for your website.

Google video: Are URLS case sensitive?

"By definition URLs are case sensitive and also things like slashes at the end
do matter. [...] If a website still shows the same content in these cases search engines will try to figure it out on their own and usually that works out well but it's
not always ideal. [...] Another place where the exact URL plays a role is robots.txt."

John MuellerGeotargeting: do not redirect to Google

"If you're using an app / service that does geotargeting by redirecting your URLs, make sure not to redirect to Google if you want your pages indexed. (And if you run such a service, check for things like this, especially if the rule is for countries where Google crawls from.)"

Google Search ended support for IE11 in its main product

"As a web developer this is one of the happiest announcements in a while: Google Search ended support for IE11 in its main product (you can still search but will get a fallback experience). I'm mostly posting this so you can send it to your boss. We did the Math. It is time."

+++ SEARCH +++ ENGINE +++ NEWS +++ TICKER +++

  • John Mueller: putting content on a server is not enough.
  • Discussion: was there a big Google algorithm update last week?
  • Google now supports offline conversion import.
  • BingBot is 11 years old.
  • Google testing side search in Chrome browser.
  • How Big Tech monopoly made smart speakers dumber.
  • Google search’s next phase: context is king.

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