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What happens if i drop my old domain? Which is a .tk. Cause i already moved to a .com domain.

I already made a change of address request on Google webmaster tools a few days ago. I already deleted the robots.txt and sitemap files. Does it mean it's just going to fall from the internet? Like don't show up in the search engine anymore?

I made the change of address on Feb, 10. But i moved to a .com domain a few months ago, i forgot to do the changed of address thing.
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Does it mean it's just going to fall from the internet? Like don't show up in the search engine anymore?

Basically yes, the domain won't be registered under your name anymore, so theoritically one could purchase that domain again.
It might take a while for the search engines to notice the change, so users could enter your old website and get the dreaded error 404 for a while...
That's why I suggest to keep both the domains for a short while, redirecting every access to the .tk website to the new .com one.
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Originally Posted by d3viliz3d View Post

Basically yes, the domain won't be registered under your name anymore, so theoritically one could purchase that domain again.
It might take a while for the search engines to notice the change, so users could enter your old website and get the dreaded error 404 for a while...
That's why I suggest to keep both the domains for a short while, redirecting every access to the .tk website to the new .com one.

The .tk domain was not really that popular before... And the move happend a few months ago. So yeah..
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The .tk domain was not really that popular before... And the move happend a few months ago. So yeah..

No problems then, just drop it. Someone use to register multiple domain extension with the same name (like overclock.net, .com, .tk, etc...) to prevent others from registering that name, but I believe it's not your case.
Make a shut to your friends and let them look for your website on Google, their engine will notice the change of domain in a few days.
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If you are relying on google ( or Bing, yahoo etc ) search results to get traffic to your site, you should ALWAYS setup 301 redirects from your old site to your new site pages as any search ranking you have gained will be lost to the new site. Probably too late if it has been a couple months, unless the old site is still up and running. Definitely look into that though.
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