I maintain a travel content site.
Since we had over 1000 articles, and it was getting hard to maintain, we recently moved everything into a CMS, which required renaming the URLs from, for example:
I added a 301 redirect in the .htaccess file as follows:
Redirect permanent /brazil/guide_brazil.shtml http://www.example.com/guide/216/brazil-travel-guide-online
... this was implemented 1 week ago, and now our google PR had dropped from 5 to 3!
I feel like 2 years of work building PR is up in smoke... What can I do? Should I re-establish the old files & URLs?
It's too bad, we were finally making enough from affiliates & adsense revenue to grow the site and hire outside help and now I feel it's mostly gone up in smoke... god.
[edited by: engine at 11:48 am (utc) on Jan. 10, 2007]
[edit reason] examplified, See TOS [webmasterworld.com] [/edit]