SEO again, after purchasing a custom domain name?

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I'm thinking of purchasing a custon domain name for my site and I would like to know if I would have to do again the SEO process.

Right now I have successfully completed the whole SEO tutorial and my site is very easy to be found when using google.
I've already red that people who would use the old address of my site, will be redirected automatically to the new one. Well that's really good news :)

But what happens when it comes to search engines? Will that change to my site's address cause failure in displaying my site in the results of search engines?

Thanks in advance
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Hello Dimitris,

Great question! When you change your domain name, the old one will show up in Google's index until Google has re-spidered your site and seen that there has been changes. When these changes are detected Google will remove the old domain name from the index and put in the new one. This can take some time, but it will eventually happen and is out of our control.

What you should do when you change your domain name is re-verify your site with Google Webmaster, resubmit a sitemap, and get new Google Analytics code if you are using Google Analytics. This will allow Google Webmaster and Analytics to begin returning statistics on your new (primary) domain.

What you need to do is remove the original Google Webmaster meta tag or the original Google Analytics code that you put into your pages, and go back through the tutorials for the new domain you have now published to.

You don't need to change any keyword or description information (unless you've added your subdomain address in those fields).

Please let us know if you have any further questions about this.
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Thanks for the quick reply Marije!

Ok, I understand now how it works. I'll have no trouble to do what is nessesary; all I wanted to know was what really happens with serach engines when a domain name is changed.

Thank you again!