seoranker - 6:15 pm on Nov 8, 2012 (gmt 0)
Yes phranque, adding the variable is only for us to segment in GA and it will replace the existing city url without the parameter to become the only on. We need this to run reports in GA on visitors that were on a page with mi=1 and mi=5 but not mi=10 or more. We also want to add only mi=1 and mi=5 to a remarketing list but not the others.
So if we redirect all existing pages to add the parameter and tell WMT to ignore "mi" because it doesn't change content, would the url "pet-stores-in-boston-ma" currently in the SERP that would redirect to "pet-stores-in-boston-ma?mi=5" just be ignored by google/googlebot and keep its rankings? We also want to keep the non-paramater url on internal links even though it will redirect, so that we don't need to update internal links everytime closer merchants are added.
What are your thoughts?