hey guys, need a little help with this. our website url structure is getting rebuilt, we are going to redirect all old url's to the newly designed url structure. All content will remain the same. just moving it to new url. How should we go about this. we cant do a server side 301 redirect, cause its not like moving domains, domain is staying the same. search engines do not like 302s. besides this is a permanent deal. we can use a 301 meta redirect, is that a safe bet with engines. site is in asp not php. so htaccess or whatever it is will not work. any suggestions on the best way for search engines.
Are you running a dedicated Windows 2000/2003 server with ASP? If so, you can use the custom 404 page feature to point the 404 to a script which can send the appropriate 301 redirect and the location header for the new page. If the script can't identify an appropriate new page it can send a 404 Not Found error.
Using a meta refresh is very problematic with the search engines at the moment, so a scripted solution would be much safer.