| 4:38 pm on Apr 22, 2010 (gmt 0)|
It might be prudent to do a gradual switch to the new linking scheme. The effects of sudden major changes are unpredictable, so that route could be risky. A series of minor changes might be less likely to cause a problem.
| 8:34 pm on Apr 22, 2010 (gmt 0)|
Moving pages one click further back from the homepage (which is what I think your doing) could be a bit disruptive; I dont believe it will be catastrophic, however. If you are very concerned with ranking/traffic drops, try moving one or two URLs at a time to deeper pages, and monitor their traffic/rankings. Once you see the effect it has on one, you should be more comfortable with moving forward.
I'm curious if other webmasters have experienced anything similar.
| 11:03 pm on Apr 22, 2010 (gmt 0)|
I would agree - do it gradually, a few pages at a time.
Also, do a 301 redirect for each page if the url changes
| 12:44 pm on Apr 23, 2010 (gmt 0)|
thanks for the input guys....appreciate it.
i will do it slowly one at a time over time..301 will not be needed as the url will stay the same just move one click down of the main nav..thanks for the input
| 1:51 pm on Apr 23, 2010 (gmt 0)|
|Moving pages one click further back from the homepage (which is what I think your doing) could be a bit disruptive; I dont believe it will be catastrophic, however. |
I had a homepage, call it page A with about 60 outgoing links. I replaced it with an entirely new home page. The sole outgoing link was to that old homepage, page A. All rankings for internal pages stayed the same. (been over a month) Search traffic has gone up.
| 6:48 pm on Apr 23, 2010 (gmt 0)|
|The sole outgoing link was to that old homepage |
And that kept the PR circulation from getting all broken up. That's why this particular thread's question might have different answers for different situations - in other words, how does moving a URL from primary to secondary navigation affect where links show up on the site.
| 7:19 pm on Apr 23, 2010 (gmt 0)|
navigation placement indicates to george the page importance you have assigned it.....basically does it upset george if you change the page importance to strengthen other better performing pages. i dont mind taking a hit on the pages i am dropping as they are not performing but dont want to disrupt everything by doing it...basically is it ok to change page importance without getting george upset?
| 8:38 pm on Apr 23, 2010 (gmt 0)|
meelosh I know what you talking about. 2 years ago I did the same thing but on very important pages in the site. The navigation was just getting way to big to communicate in an effective way with my visitors.
I took out 50+ links from my navigation and moved them all to a page just for manufacturers I carried. This was a move I did in one swoop and suffered no ill effects. Now I have 1 link in the navigation to this page. This created a much easier navigation for my users to find what they need. As recommended I would now take it a bit slower but improving a user experience is your main thought and I feel george won't get upset.
| 8:58 pm on Apr 23, 2010 (gmt 0)|
thanks for the insight and advice.. i will go ahead and do it slowly..you know how easy it is to upset the "old man" these days..thanks again for all the time