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1.) When you first design your site, make the initial mistake of using some upper case file names for a few files.
2.) Submit to all SE's and wait a year to gain excellent rankings in the big ones like AV (#1), Google (#3), GO (#6)...etc...
3.) AFTER you're well ranked, decide that you're smart enough to fix your initial upper case file name mistake on your own. Then DO IT!
4.) (This one is very important!) Without consulting anyone on this forum first to see if maybe, just maybe you're not the only dork in the world that had this problem, make a few random changes to your htaccess file (as if you REALLY knew what you were doing), blindly hoping that, in case any spiders DO show up by accident, they will see that your intentions are totally honorable. (To re-direct from the no-longer available upper case files to the new lower case files)
5.) (Now this step requires some luck) The very next day, be spidered by AV, Google, and DirectHit.
And then, in no time at all, YOU TO can have lower server activity...MUCH lower! Your problems with snooping surfers will be solved! They'll all stop coming around because you no-longer exist in the SE's! Strike Three, - you're outta there, hose-nose! You're history...in the archives...the deep-six...
(Latest update: AV #1 --> #61)
JK (slowly tying a string to the trigger of his .12 gauge) 321
It is just like moving a site, you have to be really careful when you move stuff around.
My oldest site had been parked on the isp's freebie spot for 5 years. Rankings across the board to die for. Top ten in some very high quality mp3 kw's (including "mp3") generating 5-10k referrals a day and traffic that was envious with about a days maintenance a month (a real cash cow).
This summer, the new admins figured it was time to upgrade the system. They moved the urls from domain.com/showcase/myarea/ to showcase.domain.com/myarea/ on 3 weeks notice.
Since July referalls have dropped to less than 500 a day, and views are down from 35-45k a day to 10k.
Several of us went so far as to go to a lawyer, talked to our state senators (Godbless Senator Tom Harkin), and had phone calls with the states attorney general. To do anything about it would have been $20 grand for opening legal fees. We are in an area where there is only one provider on local access - everything else including aol and msn are long distance. Sat access is still dicey, so these guys are a monopoly in the state - the aol of Iowa.
Why'd it all happen? Because the se's didn't like the url change and the admins weren't smart enough to figure out mod-rewrite.