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redesign, google still linking partly to old pages
Does not removing the old pages withhold google to index the new ones?
samooth




msg:52145
 11:07 am on Aug 12, 2003 (gmt 0)

Hello to all,

I developed a small xhtml/css website for a customer to replace his framed one. At this moment the content of the new site is basically the same as it was in the old one.

The site has been online for a week. Google has indexed the homepage but not the subpages. Actually on some keywords it comes up with old pages. These old pages are still on the server but not being linked to from within the new website.

Question: should I remove the old pages form the server (and thus loose visitors although what they see is the old framed website (without navigation:-)) Does not removing the old pages withhold google to index the new ones?

I'm pretty new in this field so forgive me for asking stupid questions.

 

creative craig




msg:52146
 11:20 am on Aug 12, 2003 (gmt 0)

It may take up to a couple of months for Google to drop the old listings of your site.

There is no way to tell what Google will index, it does what it want to most of the time ;), just make sure that from your home page you have links pointing to all the pages that you would like listed.

Craig

tribal




msg:52147
 11:26 am on Aug 12, 2003 (gmt 0)

You could redirect all calls to old pages to the new one, just be sure to use a server or external javascript redirect.

That way you don't lose traffic, and people see the new site. As time passes, the new site will be indexed and you can start removing the old pages. Just be sure the crawler can find links to all pages in your website.

samooth




msg:52148
 11:50 am on Aug 12, 2003 (gmt 0)

Thanks for the suggestions.

Tribal, the hosting company doesn't support server redirect. only customized error pages. So i would have to go for the external javascript. The problem is I don't know what you mean with that in this context:

wouldn't it be easier to change the old pages for home made redirect pages to the new pages? (it's a small site)

samooth




msg:52149
 12:50 pm on Aug 12, 2003 (gmt 0)

Thanks for the suggestions.

Tribal, the hosting company doesn't support server redirect. only customized error pages. So i would have to go for the external javascript. The problem is I don't know what you mean with that in this context:

wouldn't it be easier to change the old pages for home made redirect pages to the new pages? (it's a small site)

tribal




msg:52150
 2:05 pm on Aug 12, 2003 (gmt 0)

What I mean with that is:
You could for example insert a line at the start of every HTML-page, which calls an external JavaScript that redirects the page to your new site. You have to use external JS, as Google can't read it that way. Iy you were to use a JS-redirect-script IN the HTML, chances are Google will punish you for it.

xlcus




msg:52151
 3:19 pm on Aug 12, 2003 (gmt 0)

I wouldn't use Javascript to redirect. If you can't do a server 301 redirect, I think the next best thing would be a refresh tag. Something like...

<meta http-equiv="refresh" content="0; url=http://example.com/">

I'm pretty sure Google can follow these types of redirect.

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