Many moons ago my tattoo site used to get 30,000+ visitors per day, like many of us building sites in 2002 a hyphen was recommended to separate the words in the domain name so Google could see the keywords, I opted for www.tattoos-by-design.co.uk which looks spammy but ranked well and was a good site, around Sept 2008 Google started pushing the geo location thing and ever since then having the site on the .co.uk domain has been an issue, before the site ranked nicely in Google.com but in the last few years the site didn’t feature in Google.com but would dominate Google.co.uk. All makes sense now and if I’d have originally built it on the .com the issue would never have come up but hindsight is a great thing.
I have owned the various extensions of the domain so it’s never been an issue losing type in traffic, not getting worldwide traffic had caused the site to go from 30,000+ visitors per day down to around 10,000 visitors per day over the last few years. Thankfully I have taken on lot’s of other income sources to the point that I wouldn’t miss any income/adsense from the tattoo site so the time was right to actually move home. On February 1st I moved the site from the .co.uk domain to the .com, all internal url’s were staying the same so it was simply a case of doing a 301 permanent re-direct in the htaccess file. I also told Google about the move in Webmaster Tools – after that I updated quite a few of the links to the site and then waited.
From Feb 9th to Feb 17th the traffic dipped a lot but I am pleased to report that about 1 week after the initial dip the site was performing at around 95% of where it was before the move. I have read plenty of posts on what to do but hadn’t seen anyone actually move & say how it went, in time I’d like the site to feature in Google.com which was the reason for the move and will really need to start promoting it more so will watch will interest but will also try and get some work done on it, but it’s now on a better cleaner and more worldwide friendly domain name and most importantly of all…no damage done, phew!