We are a Services Provider in Turkey and Rank for our Brand #1, when suddenly the Turkish Authorities decide to block our Domain, we find that in Google Analytics the Traffic decreases and we need to find a solution: A new Domain must be used, the old one cannot be accessed from that country anymore, so the first part of the analysis is done, we have found out that we:
Need a new domain
The old domain cannot be accessed anymore from Turkey
We want to switch the current domain with the new one for Turkish Search Results (google.com.tr), if your current website was ranking in turkey
(our case example did not have a Turkish domain in search, but we will create Turkish content and rank it, just to give you the example live)
In our scenario, we will be going to show you the domain switch with this website here: healthelite.co It is currently ranking #1 for the following English query:
Here is a screen of the Google page (english query), recorded on Day 1:
Also use HideMyAss or some other VPN/Proxy to access the website directly
(Be aware, in some cases this might not be good enough, because HideMyAss might not comply with the Government Restrictions and still allow Access to the site)
Did you verify all Domains and the New Domain? HINT: You need to add all versions, such as http://example.com, http://www.example.com, https://www.example.com (if you have SSL) and all others such as if you have a language version (http://example.com/tr/) if you are targeting a country such as Turkey for example FOR ALL YOUR DOMAINS (example.com, exampleY.com, exampleX.com, exampleZ.com,…) and then also set your preferred domain
The redirect must be done by developers, if you have enough knowledge of code and programming, you can also do it yourself.
Check if Redirect works
Google Chrome Console
HTTP Spy Chrome Extension
Second comes the Switch in Google
HINT: If the domain is not verified by that point, then Google Analytics traffic will verify it, if you are already receiving hits on your new Domain. Just press “Verify with “Google Analytics” (change “exampleY.com” in the URL with your Domain and after that you are good to go through the next steps.
“Check” if the Redirects work, if all is Green, proceed and activate it.
Third comes the Fetch Site as Google and Submit
You should see the new domain appear in search within the hour
Are you out of Credit for Fetching? No Problem, we got your back!
Get another Google Account and add yourself as Manager
Fourth: The Internal Link on Footer
Don’t do anything stupid now
You might get tempted to submit links or ping or index pages faster, but there is not much you can do right now, this process of switching a domain can take from 8 to 72 hours, those were the time frames I experienced, it all depends on how much traffic you are already getting through Google and how many Links pointing to your old site have been already switched (such as media buys and affiliate links)
Removing old URLs
This only applies if you had previously a Domain indexed in Google Turkey (google.com.tr) and need to get the old one removed because no one can access it from Turkey.
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