backdraft7 - 2:00 pm on Nov 12, 2012 (gmt 0)
@MIW - I haven't noticed any drop in traffic or conversions, in fact I'm seeing some improvement, but I'm on a slippery slope right now. A few weeks ago I started converting my blog from being supplementary content to combining it with main content. I am rolling my old html pages into my blog CMS as static pages and moved my blog posts to a news section.
The result so far is that as my old html pages continue to get slammed and decay, but my new blog pages are doing great. The only problem I see is that these "fresh meat" pages will soon decay along side my old html pages, especially if Google starts to detect dupe content. Google wants fresh meat and that is pretty clear.
One "houze porn" site gathers hundreds of new photos every day and they rank like crazy all over the web for keywords not even related to the photo content, but how would google ever be able to tie a photo description to what is actually seen in a photo? I'm sure they'll claim that ability soon enough.
From my observations, fresh meat keeps you at the top.
I'm working daily to keep 301 redirecting my old html to my new cms pages and hopefully by Christmas, it will all be sorted out. In the end it should all work out for the best....I hope.