When changing the domain name of a website, is it normal to have a decrease in d

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  1. nayaz1625 profile image72
    nayaz1625posted 4 years ago

    When changing the domain name of a website, is it normal to have a decrease in daily visits?

    I bought a domain name for my website few days ago, so my website address changed from its old weebly subdomain to a domain name I bought. After that, I noticed visits to my website fall about 25%. Is it normal?

  2. dappledesigns profile image88
    dappledesignsposted 4 years ago

    All of your referral traffic probably dropped off showing a decrease in your daily visits. For example, if you linked your old site in a hub, and then changed your domain, that link is now nonexistent and shows as a broken link.

    You could also be seeing a drop in your direct traffic (users that type in your URL as opposed to using a search engine).

    You should put a redirect on your weebly subdomain to point to your new domain. That way you shouldn't lose your traffic because it will automatically send those users to your updated domain.

    1. nayaz1625 profile image72
      nayaz1625posted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Hello dappledesigns, thank you for commenting. Actually, weebly automatically redirect all traffic (pointing towards the original subdomain) to the new domain name. That's, among others, what makes weebly special.

    2. dappledesigns profile image88
      dappledesignsposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      If you have Analytics installed, or if Weebly offers that service; you can go in and look at exactly what traffic is falling. From there you can go through and figure out why the drop is happening. Does Weebly offer built in analytics?

    3. nayaz1625 profile image72
      nayaz1625posted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Hello again dapplesigns, weebly does have its own stats but I have always used google analytics. True, I'll have to look at the type of traffic. Thank you very much for your help.

  3. Kris Thomas profile image60
    Kris Thomasposted 4 years ago

    Yes, actually it is quite normal. Now you need to re-submit all search engine with updated information, alter your sites SEO so that crawler's and search engines can easily identify the transformation of the site, and any and all social media or other needs to be updated, including any feeds.

    Basically the SEO (Search Engine Optimization) code and or aides and helpers via third party needs altered changed and updated. Once this is done all things will start flowing smoothly again and ultimately you should be able to configure or set up a domain forwarder on your new hosting... e.g. all user's whom enter your second level domain e.g. yoursite.weebly.com being it was a sub-domain of weebly.com address will be redirected automatically to www.yoursite.com your new top level domain.

    1. nayaz1625 profile image72
      nayaz1625posted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Hello Kris Thomas, thank you for your comment. Concerning domain forwarding, may this is not the issue because weebly automatically redirects visitors. But, as you pointed out, I'll try resubmitting to search engines and social media.


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