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Using 301 redirects or not
the pages url has changed

 2:39 am on Jan 23, 2007 (gmt 0)

I have a problem

I fixed the canonical issues with the domain

redirected all non www to www
and also redirect domain.com/index.html to domain.com

is this beneficial so far?

But here is the problem.
Many indexed pages in google are not there anymore so I wanted to do a redirect 301 because the url of those pages has slightly changed.
For example domain.com/guitarbass13.html to /guitarbass.html

SO I made those redirects for 20 pages or so but after just a few hours the number of indexed pages in google dropped from 1900 to just 20. Why is that.

I removed all the redirected pages and the number went up to where it was before.

So is making 301 for changed pages beneficial of not?

thank you



 12:16 pm on Jan 23, 2007 (gmt 0)

It should be beneficial, but the results can take a few weeks to see... unless something about the way they process these has changed in the last few weeks.


 1:59 pm on Jan 23, 2007 (gmt 0)

We did several 301 redirects this past summer and still google tries to go look for the old pages. I assume it will take about a year for them to finally be flushed out.


 2:07 pm on Jan 23, 2007 (gmt 0)

I just make much more 301 redirects than before


www to not www
old location to new location

Now new 301 redirects

/index.htm -> /


// to only one /

So a


is redirected to


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