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Need to keep my SE traffic post big changes

Ideas and thoughts on this would be helpful

   
11:29 pm on Oct 25, 2002 (gmt 0)

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WOW, I have not been here for a while. I have been very busy with many projects, but it's great to be back here at Webmasters World.

I hope it is ok to mention 2 non commercial websites for the purpose of comparing them. I own both.

HamWave site description:
I have been doing well with my ham radio entertainment site at <snip> non commercial web site. This site is just about 1 year old and we receive about 3,000 hits per day. Although one day we got over 7,000. This site ranks well in the search engine and the site has many cgi perl scripts, although it is primarily constructed with solid html. I use a news editing program to generate news html pages and I use allot of SSI. Another keyfactor to the success of the volume of SE traffic is of course many pages. So many pages that we have just past the 100MB of disk space. The site is eating up disk space and I need more and more.

So I have been thinking for sometime about doing a few things with this site. @ things actually. ! I would like to move it off the current server it's on, and place it on to another server. There are reasons and issues on why I need to do this that I will not go into right now, but I need to do it eventually. The other thing I want to do is use remodel the entire site. I have a program that I have been fooling around with and it is actually a program that is an entire site. The whole site is CGI perl, everything. So I am concerned about how well will the new site do with SEs. The test site is <snip>. It is a Teamsters union entertainment site. It started off as a test site for a future HamWave site.

OK, so here are my questions:

#1 can a site like my <snip> do well with SEs even if it is all CGI?

#2 Should I make the new site a people site and keep the old site as a SE site and use some kind of software to redirect people from the old site to the new site?

#3 Is #2 sounds like a good idea, what is the best way to do it with out pissing of the SEs and getting blacklisted?

#4 any other ideas and thoughts on this would be helpful.

Thanks!

[edited by: Woz at 11:51 pm (utc) on Oct. 25, 2002]
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11:34 pm on Oct 25, 2002 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member fathom is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member Top Contributors Of The Month



Please edit your URL out of your post.

And have a read of WebmasterWorld TOS [webmasterworld.com]

11:42 pm on Oct 25, 2002 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member fathom is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member Top Contributors Of The Month



#1 can a site like my ........ do well with SEs even if it is all CGI?

Should be no problem here as long as Google (and others) has premission to index your CGI directory.

#2 Should I make the new site a people site and keep the old site as a SE site and use some kind of software to redirect people from the old site to the new site?

No.. what is good for visitor viewing is good for search engines. The use of re-directs can be used (short - term) for Search Engines to quickly find your new pages. (Add a robot tag - no-index, follow -- to the old pages is best.

#3 Is #2 sounds like a good idea, what is the best way to do it with out pissing of the SEs and getting blacklisted?

Once search engines have indexed the new pages remove the old.

12:51 pm on Oct 26, 2002 (gmt 0)

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fathom forgot to add, have a custom 404 page which redirects to your home page, or gives full access to your sites menus. This means that if they have bookmarked the page or if the SEs have still got a page in the index it will still send the visitor to your site and not blank 'page not found' error.
 

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