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My question is related to google and change in url
I have a small article publishing site. Currently I'm using a simple script which lauches each article with article ID. The url looks like domain.com/item01 . I am going to change the script to wordpress for ease and better SEO.
The question is: What is the best way to redirect the old url to new? Would 301 be the only solution or will it have a negative impact as google might drop all the old urls and maynot cache the new urls.
Should I let the old site/urls die and just comeup with the new site/urls?
Any other solutions/suggestions?
Be sure to remove the old articles, and the new ones will soon appear above them in serps, or instead - just to be safe, be sure you have a good 404 page, too.
Page Rank will disappear for a few months, but what matters - page ranking - will dip briefly and carry on regardless.
Don't worry about the 301 horror stories - weird things do happen, but rarely, if the 301 checks out and the old pages are removed - AND your site navigation is reworked to remove all reference to the old pages.
A Google site map won't hurt, either.