Google Adds Change of Address Tool in Search Console

Google Adds Change of Address Tool in Search Console

Google Change of Address Tool

The ‘Change of Address’ tool which was available in the old version of the Google Search Console has now been moved to its new counterpart. This is a useful tool for when we are planning an effective migration of domains. This post will lay out more information about the tool and how it can be used to benefit you.

What is the Change of Address tool?

The Change of Address tool is used to communicate to Google if you are moving your website from one domain or subdomain to another. For example, if your website address would change from ‘example.com’ to ‘example2.com’ or ‘example.edu’.

Here is the announcement made by Google in their tweet:

Google Webmaster Tweet of Change of Address Tool in Search Console

What needs to be done?

  1. The first step should be to set up 301 redirects from the pages of the website ‘example.com’ to ‘example2.com’ for a smooth transition.
  2. The second step is to fill up the change of address form in the Google Search Console while stating the movement from ‘example.com’ to ‘example2.com’.
  3. It is recommended to use both the above steps. i.e. the change of address form & 301 redirects.

What are the advantages of the Change of Address tool?

  1. This tool helps us communicate to Google about the migration at the site level, unlike 301 redirects which communicate about the migration at the page level.
  2. The change of address information is sent to Google immediately, as compared to 301 redirects, which the search engine may not learn about right away.  
  3. It helps for a smooth transition from one website to another and minimizes the negative impact on your current rankings in Google SERPs.

When not to use the change of address tool?

  1. Changing the address from Http to Https.
  2. Moving a few pages from a particular location to another on the website.
  3. Moving from www & non-www inside the same domain.
  4. Moving a site without any user-visible URL changes.

How to Cancel a change of address request?

  1. Remove 301 redirects set up on the old domain.
  2. Add 301 redirects from the new domain to the old domain.
  3. Open the Change of Address tool in the old site and click ‘Cancel Move’.

Note: You can cancel a change of address request within 180 days after it was made.

Change of address is a vital tool for SEO experts for migrating domains. Using this tool, we can notify search engines to index the new domain URLs. Post migrating from one domain to another, it is suggested to check the presence of all the on-page SEO elements on the new website and focus on how to improve the website’s search ranking.

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