Changing your VN domain can be quite a scary task – after all, you’ve put blood, sweat and tears into building brand awareness.
If you do not want to sacrifice your rankings, backlinks or any authority while changing your domain, let follow our tips below!
Check for domain penalty
When a new domain is purchased, there is always that chance that there could be some low-quality backlinks pointing towards your website. Make sure to deny these links before you move forward with migrating your website. The best way is to utilize Google Webmaster Tools. Let’s use command “Navigate to Search Traffic” – and then “Manual Actions” and check if there are any instances of pam targeting your domain. In the case that there are, just submit a removal request and they will sort it out.
Back up your website
The first and most important thing you have to do before changing your domain .com.vn is to back up your website. You will want to test your backup to make sure all of your content and files are intact and to make sure that nothing has been corrupted in the process. To help with your domain change, it’s always recommended to back up yours on a regular basis.
Redirect your website URL
Adding URL redirects on all of your old content to your new website is absolutely crucial in your domain change process. You will want to use a 301 redirect, which is a permanent redirect. This will pass your current SEO juice onto your new website. If you have pages that are no longer present on your new domain, make sure that you create a relevant page, so the users do not land on that dreaded 404 error.
Witch your content
With all that foundational work sorted, it is time to move your current content over to your new Vietnam domain. Doing this all at once it will help to speed up the process and decrease the risk of any negative SEO impact. Should you choose to do it manually, make sure that you set aside some time to copy everything over to your new domain at one go.
Let google know that you have moved
The last step in your domain name change is to let google know that you have moved. This is done by navigating to the gear icon in the right-hand corner and submitting a change of address within your “Google Webmaster Tools”. You can even go one step further and create a new XML sitemap. According to Google, you should create 2 sitemaps – one for your old domain and one for your new domain. Beside, you will see that the old domains will be de-indexed and your new domains will take their place, and your new website should be migrated and error free.