SEOMike - 6:39 pm on Dec 21, 2004 (gmt 0) As quoted from Google's site under "Change the URL of your website": [google.com...] From their "Quality Guidelines": [google.com...]
How about if the content on the page is different then the content on the page that you redirect to. Is still on topic but different information.
It seems that in my use of this that as long as the new page has all factors equal (PR and all of that) and the content is on the same subject with the same percentages of keyphrases, the listing will be maintained either at the same spot or very close.
Why do you think meta refresh will kill the rankings that quickly?
As soon as a SE sees that it's being sent somewhere else through a meta refresh with no explaination (a 301) it drops the listing. This is because the redirect using a refresh is a old SPAM tactic and Google frowns upon it.
Finally, if your old URLs redirect to your new site using HTTP 301 (permanent) redirects, our crawler will know to use the new URL.
Don't employ cloaking or sneaky redirects.
The see a meta refresh that sends a user to a different page than listed in the index as "sneaky".
As quoted from Google's site under "Change the URL of your website": [google.com...]
From their "Quality Guidelines": [google.com...]