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(Entry was posted by Arseniy Bolotsko on this post in the Dumb SEO Questions community on Facebook, Friday, August 8, 2014).

When to tell Google Webmaster Tools that domain has moved?

When to tell Google Webmaster Tools that domain has moved.

I have moved a site to a different domain name and did a complete overhaul. Link structure has changed because the old one was very bad. That being said, I am doing 301`s manually on about 1800 pages. I prioritize what to move first based on SEO Landing Pages report in Google Analytics. Stuff that has most impressions and clicks goes first and some content is clearly bad so I will just 301 to a suitable section of the new site. I am about half way done with my 301`s.

Should I wait until I finish all my 301s or can I indicate in Google Webmaster Tools that the domain has moved??

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  • Arseniy Bolotsko: When to tell Google Webmaster Tools that domain has moved.

    I have moved a site to a different domain name and did a complete overhaul. Link structure has changed because the old one was very bad. That being said, I am doing 301's manually on about 1800 pages. I prioritize what to move first based on SEO Landing Pages report in Google Analytics. Stuff that has most impressions and clicks goes first and some content is clearly bad so I will just 301 to a suitable section of the new site. I am about half way done with my 301's.

    Should I wait until I finish all my 301s or can I indicate in Google Webmaster Tools that the domain has moved?
  • Edwin Jonk: In GWT on the left side there is a gear menu. This dropdown menu has "change of address". Use that to tell google that your site has been moved.
    
  • Arseniy Bolotsko:  ;Thanks. I know how to change it. My questions was about when to change it for a particular situation.
  • Edwin Jonk: I see. I would do that after the 301's.
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