Msg#: 4623548 posted 4:31 pm on Nov 15, 2013 (gmt 0)
I am in the process of cleaning up some pages on my site (combining a few small related articles into single larger ones, redirecting old / outdated articles to more relevant recent ones and moving static pages onto a Wordpress blog).
All this is being done to improve content and user experience. It'll also help to ease website updates in the future with everything being on Wordpress.
My main concern is that redirecting so many pages so soon will have a negative impact in terms of Google SERPS. Will it?
where the old content still exists as a unit, but it's no longer a page to itself.
You can tell when you've tipped the google scale because there will be requests for nonexistent URLs. That's google checking to make sure you're not simply using a 301 as a 404. (I have to assume there's some simple mathematical formula that triggers this behavior, because I tend to see it for a short time when I've done any heavy redirecting.)