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If you make new sites, it's going to probably get seen as a network or linkfarm type thing, and it's a pain to maintain long term anyway, and you lose the ability to market one site.
I don't like splitting sites unless there is a very good reason to do it, but if they are all gallery stuff, that's the theme already.
regarding the sites in top ten you should have only little navigation and low world density on our pages. That will help. Allthough some outbound links could help. This is what is see is google hunting for. Low content with low navigation with low user friendly pages.
[edited by: tedster at 7:21 pm (utc) on June 13, 2006]
if you install search engine friendly mods, and do the proper 301s from old style to new style, you should have little problem, and you won't lose any links. But the proper 301s need to be written, that's not easy to do with really messy urls, but it can be done.
2by4 i won't be able to just install mod rewrite to rewrite current URLs...the store wont work that way. I will have to replace the current site entirely with a gallery site that uses SEF URLs. When you say to write 301s from old style to new style what do you mean exactly? Do the permanent redirects redirect content pages from the old site to the new one, i.e if i have a page called mysite.com/store/content.html do i redirect to mysite.com/gallery/similarcontent.html? Please explain on what the 301s are used for exactly. The links coming into my site mostly just link to my domain, and not to specific pages. A few link to specific html pages and i can try to have them updated. Will this fact make the whole process easier?
[edited by: ichthyous at 7:25 pm (utc) on June 13, 2006]