How to change domain or Redirect in google search console?

How to change domain or Redirect in google search console?

Google search console is free tool which is used to submit our website’s sitemap to google bot. Using these data google bot crawls your site and index it in google SERB. This is very useful tool for google indexing our site very fastly. But sometimes we may have intended to change the domain while changing our business name or some other reason. For doing redirect for single page we can make 301 redirect; but incase for hole site we have to change index settings in search console also.
Note: It can be done only on wordpress or custom hosted sites or pages. Not in blogger or wordpress or wix etc.
So in this article we are going to see how to change the domain name in google search console. To make complete change, search console takes minimum 3 to 6-month time. Also it is reversible process.

How to change domain address in search console:

Step1: First submit your sitemap to search console if you did not before. For that go to Google search console => start now=> verify any one of the method (I always suggest download and upload html file method)=> complete the verification process => in the left menu click on crawl => sitemaps => submit sitemap URLs
  • For wordpress use sitemap plugin
  • For custom based website, create sitemap by using https://www.check-domain.com => upload it in your file directory => submit sitemap url in search console. => that’s all.
  • For custom html website also follow the same
  • For blogger create sitemap by putting following syntax on search console submit boxes. yoururl.com/xml?redirect=false&start-index=1&max-results=500
Step2: After few minutes google start listing your website for indexing as their user requesting query.
Step3: Now you just add website pages to new domain if you have previously then you can bypass this step
Step4: add your new website in the same search console.
Step5: Go to your old domain search console dashboard. => go to change of address or use this link https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/change-address?hl=en&siteUrl=https://www.yourdomain.com/ (here change your site address).
Step6: In the first option” Pick your new site from the list” select which domain you are going to redirect. i.e I am going to redirect my domain from https://appreviewes.com to https://aapp.in; So I choose aapp.in domain
Step7: Now confirm 301 redirect on your existing domain, my suggestion is to use 301 htaccess method, so use below mention code and replace source and destination domain.
RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^youroldsite.com [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www.youroldsite.com [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ https://www.yournewsite.in/$1 [L,R=301,NC]

Step7: Make sure that, your new site verified correctly or google requests to verify one more time. For that use html upload method and upload html file in root of your new domain. Then verify; your domain will be confirmed.

Step8: Finally submit change request. Also you should wait for two week for changing the address from your old domain to new domain.
That’s all
Now you can access all the file from your new site.
Note: This is only for changing address of the domain only not for changing website data. After successful completion google index your data with new address and slowly it starts remove your old URL.

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