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to put in a file on the root that was named "/oldpage.htm"
Now I see that this might cause some troubles with Google, as it looks "spammy"...
Then I found this little bit of script to redirect to a new URL:
This domain has been temporarily moved to <a href='http://newurl'>http://newurl</a>. Click the link if you are not redirected. There is no need to update your bookmarks.
Would I do the same with this code - put it in a file named "/oldpage.htm" on the root?
I don't have access to anything server side except to add files to the root, and change the dynamic content. Is what I have above a good way to do the redirect, or is there something better?
Thanks in advance for your words of wisdom!
We're on some sort of template driven site builders set-up. I access the site through an admin panel, and there I can upload static content and manage the dynamic page content. I don't understand all of the ins and outs of it - I became the "web chick" by default when our webmaster was let go and I was the one in the office with the greatest likelihood of being able to handle the job.
Our host is fairly good at getting stuff done for me, but at this point I have to run everything I want them to do past management for budget approval. Anything I can do on my end makes the whole process just that little bit easier...
Assuming that Google only likes 301/302 type redirects, and will possibly punish you for HTML style redirects. Perhaps management will allow you to change hosts if you put it to them in this way. I.e. "change hosts or we lose the site in the google index!".
What I'm hoping is that Google will list the new index page within the next couple of dances, and go out from there. I've got the site map well built and waiting to be spidered. Deepbot did hit the new pages, but not for long, and not repeatedly like the old links. I just got access to the server logs a couple of days ago, and what I found was that the bot was mostly hitting the old links (which i understood our host had taken care of forwarding, until i learned yesterday that they had not). We're not high in the SERP's anyway, so there's no loss this month if the crawl of the new pages doesn't get us anywhere. It will be gravy if it does.
Thanks for your input!