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    Redirect Google to new web store - htaccess and SEO

    Hello,

    let me explain my situation. Outdated web store is located in public_html/shop.php , while new Opencart store resides in public_html/shop/.

    Links look like this for old store: http://www.old-domain.com/shop.php?c...&kat=chocolate
    And for new Opencart store: http://www.new-domain.com/index.php?route=common/home
    New Opencart store can also be accessed by http://www.old-domain.com/shop/, but only index page, because all links are pointed to http://www.new-domain.com

    As you may see, domain name for new web store is different, which is why I'm afraid that Google will treat it like a completely new web store and thus that my ranking in search results will drastically degrade.

    I was wondering how to make complete redirect from old to new store and tell Google to retain current website ranking? Do you perhaps have any other suggestions? Thanks!

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    The answer is "you don't"...at least not in the short run. You do a 301 redirect, you're bound to lose some referral traffic. So if that's a concern, you should have thought of that before you went and built a new cart on a new domain.

    You can submit the new domain as the site's new address to Google Webmaster Tools once you verify the old domain. But don't expect any miracles from that.

    If you're really worried about this and you have the option, do the redirect in stages...redirect some of the pages to the new shop, get the old pages removed, and repeat until you've got the site fully redirected. It'll take a lot longer, though.
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