Domain Change and Duplicate Content
Sep 7, 2010
Christopher Yee
2 minute read

Before I begin my post I would like to say - I FINALLY RANKED #1 (2, 3 and 4) ON GOOGLE FOR “SEO CHRISTOPHER YEE” !!!!!!!!!  Although #1 goes to my LinkedIn profile, it doesn’t bother me at all because I know that it’s ME and not some other dude.  This is one small step for Chris and one giant leap for Christopher Yee!

SEO Christopher Yee

SEO Christopher Yee

With that out of the way I can now focus on the blog post.

If you haven’t noticed already, my SEO Adventures (cyee428.wordpress) blog has been deleted for this new domain name.  I am conducting this test to quell my curiosity about how Google handles domain name changes and duplicate content.  I want to know what is going to happen to both blogs.  How long will it take for Google to rank this blog?  Will it even rank at all?  I had to export all files and posts from SEO Adventures before I could import them to SEO Christopher Yee….will Google consider that duplicate content?  How much will I be docked and for how long if that happens?

Another reason for this test is to further optimize  my blog.  If I can rank for SEO Adventures under the prefix of cyee428 in 2 months (#62), I can theoretically rank faster for SEO Christopher Yee with the domain prefix of seochristopheryee - granted I don’t get penalized for duplicate content.  In the end, I hope this will translate to higher visibility for myself when employers search for my name.

And YES, I had to go through all my posts to replace SEO Adventures with SEO Christopher Yee since I am not trying to rank for that keyword anymore.  I also had the meticulous process of sifting through all my internal links and editing them to reflect my new blog prefix.

We’ll see what happens…stay tuned!