I have a question apres pro to this conversation--
What is the best way to move content without jeopardizing a site's ranking--
Specifically - I own a site that has been ranking on page one in Google's results for the word "widget" since 1996. Let's call this site: greatwidgets.com
A year ago I built a related site with no overlapping content called widgetspace.com
I am considering "moving" or integrating all the content from widgetspace.com to greatwidgets.com.
What is the best way to permanently move the content and avoid jeopardizing the ranking of the older site? What issues do I face regarding G's cache of the new site and what may happen if that content now appears on the older site?
Some approaches I'm considering--
1. 301 from widgetspace.com to a folder on greatwidgets.com (i.e., greatwidgets.com/widgetspace/)
2. 301 from widgetspace.com to a subdomain on greatwidgets.com (i.e., widgetspace.greatwidgets.com)
3. Remove all the pages from the widgetspace.com server, except the home page, and post a "This site has moved" link pointing visitors to greatwidgets.com
Any suggestions would be appreciated.