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best way to reorganize directory structure

directory reorg

10:02 pm on Apr 11, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I have a site for which I would like to reorganize the directory structure for site scalability and to better make use of keywords on the URI path. I know that google will reindex quickly since their bot comes by very often.

However, I have some deep backlinks and it would be a pain to go to all the backlinkers and ask them to update their links. Furthermore, as these things go, I think only a few would.

Here's what I'm thinking of doing:

- Put all the pages in the new location example.com/betterdirectory/subcat/etc/
- Link to the new pages immediately and orphan the pages in the old locations (example.com/bad-old-directory). I use includes so the NAV from the orphans would point to the new directory structure.
- Leave both sets in until Google indexes the new location.
- Replace the old pages with a one line javascript that sends redirects to the new locations.
- Notify backlinkers to try to get as many as possible to update their links
- Several months from now, remove the redirects.

Anyone see a problem with my plan?


[edited by: ciml at 10:11 am (utc) on April 12, 2005]
[edit reason] Examplified [/edit]