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My site is 10 months old, and has about 300 pages indexed by google.
I haven't updated it for 3 months because I didn't have time, and this week I decided to delete everything and start a new site from the beginning (on the same domain).
Will google penalize me because all 300 indexed pages no longer exist?
My new site will be on the same topic, better SEO optimized and daily updated.
Much better for new sites to wait, and for existing sites to restructure in sections, giving Google time to assimilate one lot of new files before removing others.
Where removals have to happen, a 301 forward to new pages or domain.com can reduce the risk of Google throwing a wobbly.
Where possible, change content rather than whole files; a renamed file, to Google, is one new file and one deleted file. And much the same applies to folders.
In all cases, evolution is preferable to revolution; for new sites, revolution often leads to decapitation - at least on a temporary basis. ;)
I did what you are suggesting during the winter when traffic was low. I rebuilt the pages in css and renamed the inside urls. This site is also about 300 pages.
The trick is to only do a section at a time, let the old urls 404 and wait till they get respidered.
Once you see they are respidered, then do another section.
Do NOT rename your index page, and after you redo a section make sure all the links are working.
Temporary basis-we are suffering ever since April 27th, at first our new redesigned site has been indexed in full. As of April 27th our pages indexed have dropped drastically, and has not recovered ever since.
Is it possible that we are being penalized for a different cause and very likely has no relationship with our site being redesigned?
All of our pages have unique meta tags, titles and description, with unique paragraph contents. The body contents of our pages are not that unique, is it possible for Google to consider similar body contents as duplicate pages?
Our company wanted to change domain and start fresh. Our seo company though it was a bad idea, rather they asked us to stick to our old domain and change the entire structure.
So what you are telling us now is, we would of been better off if we change to a new domain?