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I presently fun 5 small sites on finance related topics, each site about 25 pages.
I now want to amalgamate them all into one larger site with the Theme concept.
All of the content from the 5 sites will be duplicated almost 100% on the new site (new url as well).
My question is this. What should I do with the old sites? Should I take the content down immediatly when the new site goes live and use a simple re-direct?
Should I run them paralel and link them all to the new site?
Should I run them for a month or so and then take them down? etc
For example if I have 4 sites, A,B,C,D, I create a new site E which has all the content of A,B,C,D PLUS a fair amount of new content.
Would you put a link up to the new site E from the other 4, or don't push it too much?
I forgot to add - unless a competitor reports you. Pretty much depends how competitive your SERPs are.
> don't push it too much
Don't push it.
Let links build naturally. If you are listed in a directory like DMOZ or Y!, don't request that this site be added, unless it has a huge number of sites in it.
If you are being especially sneaky, be sure to yse different hosting, whois, etc.
301 redirection is good to search engine point of view also. But cud you pls tell me one think here.
I have a site www.abc.com, and now i am planning to shift the same site with 50% different content on the new domain. I can have a server redirection 301 for old site to the new one, but is there any problem if both the sites are hosted on the same server..? Or should i need to chane the server for new one..?
In fact, I had a client who had one site that was broke into over 10 domains that I ended up combining into one. All had similar content about one subject. The client thought he was being sneaky by registering keywordkeyword.com type domains and then registering the different domains to different search engines and directories. What a headache to straighten out the mess.
He could never figure out how come his site never got a PR above 1. I combined all the sites into 1 site that was much richer in content, add some external linking, yada yada yada. Result? A PR of 6 and a great improvement in the SERPs.
What do you suggest..
PR is like a standard provided by google to each and every page on the web. I think if your sites doesn't have good pr or have 1 or 2, i think you must not worry about it. As you have good content and external links from the various sites hosted on various server, definitely in the coming time pr is going to be increase. BOL :)
I agree with you about PR. I have several sites on page 1 that have a PR of either 4 or 5 with other sites that have PRs of 6 or 7 listed below us.
1. Bigger sites seem to be doing a lot better than smaller ones.
2. I think my bigger site will be more of a theme site rather than a one topic site.
3. I use GoLive and have only been using about 25% of its potential. It has very powerful site maintanance capabilities and therefore I think it will be easier and simpler for me to look after one bigger site rather than say 5 smaller ones.
4. Cross selling will be easier I think because if the surfer wants to look at a different product he won't have to click out of the site into another one.
301 redirects will certainly work. I have done that in the past for a couple of pages I had to kill due to duplicate content.
Here's another idea. Put the content on the new larger site as planned. But keep the old sites up with summarized content on each page with a link pointing to the full content articel on the big theme site. Assuming your small sites have articles or something like that, you could summarize the article, or just use the first paragraph or two and end the page with a link to the full article on the larger theme site.
This way, you would have a bunch of satellite sites pointing to the larger themed "sun" site in the center of your own web "solar-system". Doing this would require little extra work, would instantly double the number of pages you have out there, would increase the PR of the pages in the theme site, and would give your links with great anchor text coming from related sites into your theme domain. Oh, and you won't get a duplicate penalty because only 10-25% of each page is being duplicated.
Don't do massive cross-linking. Just link from each article summary on the mini-site to the full article page on the theme-site.