Msg#: 3821171 posted 10:22 pm on Jan 7, 2009 (gmt 0)
This lines up with the results of a redesign I helped on - we saw the new urls take over seamlessly. I'd say this is a sign that you had things well handled technically, and that Google already liked the site a good bit. Please let us know if things start to wobble.
Msg#: 3821171 posted 9:01 pm on Jan 8, 2009 (gmt 0)
I think if things were really bad before the redesign and you have done everything right after the redesign I don't see why rankings (traffic) that you gain should not stay. Of course SEO is a consistent process by which you cant just do and leave it alone.
Msg#: 3821171 posted 10:14 pm on Jan 8, 2009 (gmt 0)
What I did was keep all my old pages the same text content and URL, just with a new design. But at the same time I added a bunch of new pages. i.e. I had a site about red widgets, and I added some new silos on blue and green widgets.
I wouldn't expect the red widget rankings to change and to date they haven't (though it's early). I was just very surprised that my new green and blue widget pages went to the top in < 24 hours. Previously adding new pages on red widgets would rank, but they seemed to take a lot longer than that. That's why I wondered if perhaps the pages were looking like 'news'. Certainly there's a lot of searches for it right now that would have just started (no, it's not weightloss :) ).