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5 Things to Know Before Using Change of Address Tool

Written by Akash Navi

If you are planning to change the address of your website or blog. Then you should know the 5 things which are mentioned in this article.

When it comes to rebranding your website then you have to use the change of address tool.

This is a tool which should be used only and only when you are changing the domain of your website. For example, currently, if your website is using example.com domain name.

And you want to change the domain name or address to example.net only in this case you should use this tool. If not then you should not use this.

But what really happens when you use change of address tool?

This tool is available for all the webmasters and they can easily access it from the Google Search Console. When you use this tool you are telling Google that you have changed the address of your website.

After you request change of address using this tool Google will assign the current ranks to new domain name. Which means all the traffic you are getting on the current domain will not be lost.

You will get the same amount of traffic will be delivered to the new domain name.

Things to Know Before Using Change of Address Tool

Things to Know Before Using Change of Address Tool

So now we know when you should use the change of address tool and what happens when you use this tool. Now let us move to the further part of this article.

Let’s check out the 5 things which you should know and keep in your mind before using the Change of Address tool.

I got a thought of writing this article because most of the people when they use Change of Address tool. They loose their patience and remove the redirect or withdraw the change of address request.

To avoid this and help my fellow webmasters while they are using the change of address tool. I have published this article.

You Will Not Lose Your Backlinks

When you use change of address tool and when Google successfully crawls your website. The current backlinks which you have to your website will not be lost.

The same backlinks will be forwarded or assigned to your new domain by Google.

You will be able to see the backlinks in your Google Search Console after Google successfully crawls your website on the new domain name.

If you want to know about how you can check backlinks in Google Search Console. Then you can read it by following this link.

Your Ranks Will Be Assigned to Your New Domain Name

For whatever keywords your current domain name is ranking, you will not lose the ranks. The same ranks will be assigned to your new domain name.

For example, if you are ranking for the keyword “How to memorize things quickly” then the same rank will be assigned to your new domain name.

So don’t fear about losing the ranks if you are changing the address of domain name of your website.

You have to Redirect Your Old Domain Name

If you want to change the address of your website then you have to redirect your old domain name to new domain name.

You have to setup 301 redirect which is added when we are changing the path permanently.  You can setup 301 redirect via .htaccess file and also by forwarding your domain name.

Please note you should keep the 301 redirect always alive. If you remove the 301 redirect then Google may ignore or cancel your change of address request.

You have to Add & Verify Both the Domain Names

When you are changing the address of your website you have to add and verify both new and old domain names.

I am sure you have verified your old domain name in the Google Search Console. You have to add the new domain and verify ownership in the same account.

And even after changing the address you have to keep the original verification present.

You have to keep Patience, it takes time

Ok, this is the last thing I would like to tell you and that is you have to keep patience. Because it takes huge time.

But how much?

The minimum time which change of address tool is 2 weeks. But this is not true every time and for every website.

Google might take 3 months to crawl everything published on your website on the new domain name. So you have to keep patience and should not withdraw the change of address request.

At SMX Advanced talk Gary Illyes said that it can take up to 3 months for Google to follow the new website address. It should take 2 weeks but if you have a well-established website then it may take longer.

If you want to know how you can use change of address tool, then I have published a guide for this reason. You can read it by following this link.

Let’s Wrap Up the Things

So these are the 5 things which you should know before using change of address tool. I hope you are clear with all the information mentioned in this guide. But if you have any kind of doubts then you can comment below.

And if you want to share anything with me or say something to me then comment below. I would love to hear from you.

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