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Ask Yoast: Switching the TLD of your website

There could be a reason why you’d want to switch your top-level domain (TLD) at some point. Perhaps you want to use it in your brand name, or maybe you just want something that catches the eye a bit more. But what if your site isn’t performing as well as you thought it would after you’ve made the switch? Is the new TLD you picked to blame? Or could there be another reason for that drop in traffic?

Whatever your reasons for changing, there are some things to keep in mind before concluding that your rankings have dropped permanently. Let’s get into that in this Ask Yoast!

Manolo Macchetta emailed us his question from Milan:

I had a .info domain but I changed it to a .xyz domain. Traffic is much lower now. Do you know if new TLDs rank as well as others?

Watch the video or read the transcript further down the page for my answer!

Things to keep in mind when changing your TLD

“Well, your question leads to many more questions in my head. First of all, did you 301 redirect the old domain to the new domain and every individual page on the old domain to the new one? And if yes, did you wait for about six months for your traffic to recover? Because that’s about how long it can take for traffic to completely come back when you do a site migration like that. If you didn’t do either of those, then do them and wait. If you did both, well, then something else is probably wrong. 

Rankings are not tied to top-level domains, so it doesn’t really matter if you have a .info, a .xyz, a .com, a .travel, whatever: what matters is the quality of your content and whether you’ve properly redirected all the old links to your new domain. Good luck.”

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