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I moved all my old files to a fold called old_website (just as backup).
But my search rankings in Google searches seems to have vanished. For instance, i would normally be place about #10 for <my main keywords>. I my site is nowhere to be seen.
I was wondering if i went about this in the right way? Also, is this just a blip while google reestablishes my website and structure?
Any help or advise, or even if any one else has similar expericnes that they could share?
[edited by: encyclo at 1:48 pm (utc) on Mar. 10, 2008]
[edit reason] no specific keywords please [/edit]
A page called home.htm is different from one called home.php. If Google has indexed home.htm when it comes back to update it it will not be able to find it and it will be dropped from the results.
If you just let things sit it could take a good deal of time and work to regain lost position.
[edited by: MadeWillis at 1:47 pm (utc) on Mar. 10, 2008]
Is ther any chance the googlebot has got into /old_website . Check your logs. If it has I guess it could penalise you for dupe content.
Have you submitted a siteindex.xml to Google? If you have, you have remembered to change this haven't you?
If you have changed from tables to divs using a WYSIWYG design prog you could have completely changed the order within your pages without realising it. This may have changed the balance between density and prominence for your target terms. Have you tried a tool like gorank's keyword density analyser? You could point it at your new index.php and the old one lurking in /old_website and see what that tells you.
FWIW I reworked one of my secondary sites changing it to php from static html and got better rankings as a result. I didn't do any 301 redirects, just thought I had little to lose with it so could wait for it to find its level.
I'm working on my main site now and to be frank I'm scared stiff I'm going to do something wrong when I change over.
I would be more worried that your inbound links are gonna all come up as 404's.
What about your inbound links? Are the linking to the new configuration or to the old *.html pages?
Go with the 301 like the other perrson suggested.