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Changing directory names

Could I be penalised for duplicate content?

     
3:56 pm on Mar 4, 2004 (gmt 0)

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If I change the name of the directories from www.widget.com/1keyword-2keyword/1keyword-2keyword.htm to www.widget.com/1keyword-2keyword.htm could I be penalised for duplicate content if I keep both until google indexes the new ones?

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4:33 pm on Mar 4, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I doubt it especially since it's on the same domain. If it was on 2 different domains then yes you probably would get penalized. I think most likely it will ignore the duplicate page but then how do you tell it which one to ignore? Use permanent redirects but thats a whole nother topic.