What is an alternative to a 301 redirect when switching domains without owning the old domain?
July 25, 2012 7:06 PM Subscribe
My successful small business website is on a subdomain owned by the website template provider. I want to switch providers and domains without loosing my websites search engine rankings. Since a 301 redirect isn't an option, what else can I do to maintain my website's Google rankings?
posted by gwen1234 to computers & internet (3 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Back when my business was smaller, I set up my website using a website provider that had an easy template and provided me a subdomain of theirs to use as my domain. (Bad idea, I know) Now, I'd like to switch web services companies to a more up to date and professional site, but since I don't own my original domain, I need to switch domains when I change providers. I have a business which currently comes up on the top of the first page when looking for this type of business in my area on Google through my SEO efforts. I don't want to loose my page rankings when I switch domains, but a 301 redirect isn't an option, since the old provider owns my old domain, which is a subdomain of theirs.
What can I do as an alternative to keep my original site's rankings? Also, failing a perfect solution how long should I expect that it would take for my business to climb back up the google ratings with our new domain and is there anything I can do (that is easy) to speed that along?