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Redirecting a page that has many irrelevant backlinks?
klpm




msg:4544139
 1:38 pm on Feb 9, 2013 (gmt 0)

I am optimizing a website for google. One of the pages of the site has thousands of backlinks with anchor text e.g. 'blue widget'.

Now, I am asked to target completely different keyword for the same page. I have to redirect old-page to new-page. New page will have new keyword in title, descr and content-body.

I am aware that new page will get link-value and ranking of the redirected page if 301 redirect is set to old page.

But what would happen if new page has different keyword in title?

Will new-page get ranking for the new keyword?

One thing that I must do is redirection. I have no go but to do it.

 

1script




msg:4544274
 5:53 am on Feb 10, 2013 (gmt 0)

Now, I am asked to target completely different keyword for the same page.
It would be much easier for everybody to simply restock the "blue widgets" if you ran out of them than to change the keywords ranking signals of a page with 1000s of existing, already indexed (and apparently working) backlinks. If the "blue widgets" and those other widgets you want to cover are somewhat related, I would add a paragraph to the old page with a link to the new. If the new widget is totally unrelated, I have no idea why would you bother with the old page anyway - all the traffic to it would be on irrelevant keywords. If you were successful in tricking people to visit it, your conversions would be so low (or zero), it would not be worth the effort.

If you still wanted to redirect traffic without the PR (and perhaps other signals like anchor text) to follow, you would have to do two redirects: old page ->302 to an intermediate page, disallowed in robots.txt. Then the intermediate page ->302 to the new page. The new page will have to get its own links and start climbing up in ranks just like any other new page.

klpm




msg:4544279
 7:08 am on Feb 10, 2013 (gmt 0)

1script@ thanks for reply.

I would add a paragraph to the old page with a link to the new


Great. yes. that would be good practice. i remember i had encountered one such example in google's webmaster help forum.

And i will do that instead of 301 redirect.

If you still wanted to redirect traffic without the PR (and perhaps other signals like anchor text) to follow, you would have to do two redirects


Earlier my question was an issue. But now I have curiosity.

What happens (in terms of ranking for new keyword) if such page is 301 redirected to different page with completely different keyword?

aristotle




msg:4544351
 8:02 pm on Feb 10, 2013 (gmt 0)

If at all possible, you should try to get some related relevant content on both pages. 1script suggested that you add a paragraph to the old page that has some relevance to the content of the new page. I suggest that you also add some content to the new page that includes the old keyword and some other words from the old page. This would make the re-direct look more natural. If you can't do this, then you might think about the double redirect that 1script suggested, but that would be my second choice.

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