I am new to SEO and have a question. This is a little confusing : )
My name is basically the same as another person in my same profession and same city.
For example (not my real name:)
Dave Rollens Baker
Dave Rollans Baker
Right now, if I am googled, my URL shows up first with the correct spelling of my last name AND if you type in the name of my competitor. I assume this is b/c I have more traffic. This is important to me since so many people spell my name wrong and if they are searching for me and end up on my competitors site, they won’t know they are on the wrong site.
Right now, I am changing my website from myname.com to just mylastname.com (I am expanding and can’t go by just my name anymore.) I plan on routing myname.com to my new URL.
Is there any way to keep my ranking on google even though myname.com is no longer a website – it’s now only a forwarding URL?
Thanks so much for any assistance. I’m wondering if there are simple steps I can take to do this or if I should hire a specialist.