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Karen E

28 Sep 2017, 6:39 pm

Move my domain? SEO question...

I have a quandary - maybe someone will stumble onto this and have advice….

I run a number of websites but this one is my own photography site - the URL is - http://photography.karenengel.com

It didn’t used to be this subdomain - but at one point I had the misguided idea to break out my commercial work as a separate entity on my main (old ZF) domain (which is a very simple FW website) - http://www.karenengelphotography.com - and move the family/event type of work to the subdomain.

Now I’m regretting it. It’s way too much work to constantly change/refresh new images on a custom website - and the display IQ is often victim to the slideshow/gallery builder software (which often just looks bad). A subdomain is also harder for people/customers to understand and certainly doesn’t “roll off the tongue”.

So the question for SEO experts is - If I reset/move my subdomain site to my main domain - will I trash all the years of being “found” under the subdomain and “lose my place” in searches? I’m not paying for ad services right now - but do get client calls directly from them finding us - so it seems as if we’re gaining traffic as is. OTOH - I do think that search engines don’t just “archive” URLS, but also stay on top of changes, move and grow. A little paid advertising/rating boost might also help them light up a bit for a URL relocation as well.

My question for web design experts is - If I move my subdomain site over to the main domain - can I put a redirect on the subdomain - or will the search engines get pissed off at me and drop out? I could alternatively leave a splash/landing page there - maybe…?

Or I can just leave things as is - if it is too destructive at this point. Just not sure. Any input would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!

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waltd

28 Sep 2017, 8:58 pm

You could put a redirect in the old subdomain to the new folder or just to the main domain. Make sure that this is a Permanent redirect (they have different codes) rather than a temporary one, and search engines will “move” your collective search-fu into the new location.

Walter

On Sep 28, 2017, at 2:39 PM, Karen E <[email protected]> wrote:

I have a quandary - maybe someone will stumble onto this and have advice….

I run a number of websites but this one is my own photography site - the URL is - http://photography.karenengel.com

It didn’t used to be this subdomain - but at one point I had the misguided idea to break out my commercial work as a separate entity on my main (old ZF) domain (which is a very simple FW website) - http://www.karenengelphotography.com - and move the family/event type of work to the subdomain.

Now I’m regretting it. It’s way too much work to constantly change/refresh new images on a custom website - and the display IQ is often victim to the slideshow/gallery builder software (which often just looks bad). A subdomain is also harder for people/customers to understand and certainly doesn’t “roll off the tongue”.

So the question for SEO experts is - If I reset/move my subdomain site to my main domain - will I trash all the years of being “found” under the subdomain and “lose my place” in searches? I’m not paying for ad services right now - but do get client calls directly from them finding us - so it seems as if we’re gaining traffic as is. OTOH - I do think that search engines don’t just “archive” URLS, but also stay on top of changes, move and grow. A little paid advertising/rating boost might also help them light up a bit for a URL relocation as well.

My question for web design experts is - If I move my subdomain site over to the main domain - can I put a redirect on the subdomain - or will the search engines get pissed off at me and drop out? I could alternatively leave a splash/landing page there - maybe…?

Or I can just leave things as is - if it is too destructive at this point. Just not sure. Any input would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!

Freeway user since 1997

http://www.walterdavisstudio.com

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Karen E

29 Sep 2017, 12:07 am

Thanks Walter - this is kind of what I suspected but wanted to be sure before I go breaking things. A 301 Permanent Redirect should do it then…. great and thanks again!

Karen

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