SEO Tip #34: Will domain registration changes ding me in Google?

Matt Cutts: My answer is no, probably not.

Certainly people need to change their information. Sometimes they change registrars. That’s completely normal. That’s completely expected behavior. The only times that we try to really keep an eye on that is if we think someone as a spammer might be trying to buy someone’s domain only for the links or buying an expired domain or something like that.

But there’s plenty of times when you’re switching to a new address, you’re switching to a new phone number where it does make complete sense that all that information does need to change. So we try to be very smart about it and you should never see any differences if you’re just a regular person.

The hope is if you’re trying to do something sneaky or spammy, then we might pay a little bit of a closer eye. But in the typical case I really wouldn’t worry about it.

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Andy Johnson

Andy Johnson has been on the Internet since the its dawn(ie his first computer program was recorded on cassette tape) and his first hard drive cost about as much his current MacBook. His first byline was in 1993 for a local newspaper rag he eventually helmed, and his last “real job” was at a computer start up which ended when it ended. Throughout it all he’s freelanced and blogged. Now he is mesmerized by Search Engine Optimization forever trying to “rise to the top” for the right reasons. He’s been married to his wife Julia for as long as he can remember and has two lovely, wonderful children. He looks forward to sharing the latest in the technical best for all the online entrepreneurs.