Admittedly, moving your domain to a new one can have an adverse impact on your SEO rankings. Why, you might ask? Because rankings are based not just on the page level metrics but also on the domain level metrics so touching or moving the domain basically resets your metrics back to zero. Below are some tips to somehow minimize the negative SEO Orange County impact of domain transfer:
Inventory. Jot down all the pages on your current site. This is essential when you create the 301 redirects which will allow the channeling of the traffic from your old site to your new one. The 301 redirect is considered to be the most efficient and SEO-friendly method of webpage redirection.
Holding Page. Creating a holding page will let Google know that you own the domain and you are in the process of building the new site. This is also especially helpful in link building because you are trying to establish domain authority even before the site is completely launched.
Broken Links. Before making the site “live,” be sure to check for broken links and all the existing ones are working properly. If they are, then it’s time to show the world wide web your new site.