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Change in site design and url

Change of script - Redirect Questions

     
3:45 am on Jul 18, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Hi,

Sorry if posted in wrong section, could not find a better place.

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?

Thank you.

Naveen

4:28 am on July 18, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I like using 301 redirects. They have worked well for me without loss of ranking for too long.
4:48 am on July 18, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I'd go for 301s.

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.

5:00 pm on July 19, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Thanx Guys!