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changed my whole website design
Do you mean change the look of the site, or change the way it is structured?
You can completely reskin a site using new images and new CSS without changing a single line of your html. Since Googlebot and friends don't to the best of our knowledge care about CSS, this is fairly safe. Is this what you had in mind?
Why would you want to leave content off your homepage? This sounds much more serious...
As you have just told me google does not care about the way a website looks to the bot, i can go ahead and put up the new site in a couple of days.
all the best
My logic is simply that I could not imagine any other way it could have done what it seemed to be doing -- which, of course, someone else might consider simply a failure of imagination on my part.
It is, however, likely that, whatever Google is using CSS for, CSS used merely as a face-transplant isn't going to have major effects.
Which is to say that IF you go ahead with this advice, and IF after you do, your search positions take a deep dive, ... then, well, then I'd tend to imagine it was a coincidental Google algo change, rather than anything you'd done.
If that warranty is of any value to you, you're welcome to print it and post it on your office wall.
I changed the design and structure of the pages of my site
Do you mean the site's internal structure? www.example.com/foo.html moved to www.example.com/cms.aspx?id=foo
* if so, did you use 301 redirects? Did you do it all at once, or little by little?
Do you mean the pages' internal structure? www.example.com/foo.html stayed at that location but the html coding and markup was substantially different?
my new site design will be going live today and i will let you all know if i drop in ranking. Although it could take some time.
I have kept all my content on the homepage and even added some more.
The main thing is, i have kept the anchor tags exactly as they were before on every page.
my page size is still 90 k as before. IT has just had a nice facelift.
If I had a site ranking well, but was bad for readers I would chance it. If however, readers love it... Well, as was said above
if it ain't broke don't fix it
Remembe the od saying; if it ain't broken......
yeah... but you know us webmasters. we NEVER leave anything un-tweaked.
If it's only a design facelift, I figure there's not a problem. If content is moved or removed, check all KW densities, meta tags blah, blah, blah.
(off topic but...) Adding a variable in your dynamic URL can have totally disastrous consequences IF you are running adsense. I did this and my ad targetting has been half #*$! ever since.
That would allow all kinds of visual tweaks and even re-designs in the future without changing what googlebot sees in the slightest. So once I had a page that ranked well, I could tweak and re-design to my heart's content without concern for lost rankings. I could separate content changes from design changes and know for sure when a change in content had an effect, without wondering.
That said, I don't have any sites where I want to show visitors regular changes in the overall look, and I still find that development time for a new css-only template tends to make this approach prohibitive forme in practical terms, eve though in highly admire the pioneers who are clearing away the brush in this new world. If I could use a proven css-only template over and over, I just might approach a new site this way.