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A week later my new URLīs have been indexed by google, however the PR has not been pasted to the new URLīs. Iīm a little worried as all 301 redirects are properly implemented and I have lost many pages with PR5+. Does anyone know what is happening, will the PR be passed at a later on?
My site targets several languages and for example I have changed this .com/spanish to .com/espanol, if all my inbound links are coming to the old .com/spanish does that mean I will loose all link juice (301 redirects are in place)? Iīm not sure if to notify "The decent directories" of the URL change or not.
Just focus on traffic, not PR and not even rankings to any major degree. Watch your server logs, Webmaster Tools and the site: operator to be sure the new urls are getting spidered properly. It will probably take a new PR Update before your new urls show PR.
October 2nd - Site migration and 301`s implemented
October 10th - Week or so later lost all PR on new URLs (all to PR N/A)
October 30th - Month later, PR N/A now changed to PR0
December 29th - 3 months after 301 redirects back to original URL PR
In summary of my experience, donīt change URLs and if you do, donīt panic if you loose your PR, 3 months later you will get it back (fingers crossed). Hope this helps other webmasters.
Thank you for the info. I'm just now planning to do something similar and it's good to hear this level of detail so we know what to expect.
Did you notice any significant changes to your traffic or positions during the transition, or just the loss of toolbar PR?
Thank you for sharing your experience!
One thing I forgot to add, during the last google PR update (canīt remember if it was late November or early Decemeber) the redirects remained on PR N/A. I thought the redirects would of been updated then, however not the case!
I'll chip in with another related effect, and on the same timescale as yours. For a site redirected to new internal URLs in early October, Google dropped the last of the old URLs just a few days ago. I haven't looked at PR for that site, but I expect it will follow the same pattern as yours.
I believe that all inbound links still count for the new urls.
I am about to do a new 301 for a subdomain ie - http://www.me.example.com to http://www.example.com. The current site is php and I am going to change this to HTML. I have the codes to use in the htaccess but I was wondering if anyone had problems with the php re-directs?
[edited by: Robert_Charlton at 9:29 pm (utc) on Mar. 12, 2009]
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As far as I know, redireting php pages through htaccess is just like any other pattern matching redirect.
Is what you want to do is to show html page URL instead of php URL whilst still having php generating pages on server? In this case you need both, 301 redirect and URL rewrite.
We are doing this on one of our site and have no problems.
If your html pages are not physically present on the server (e.g. they are dynamically generated by php), then, apart from 301, you will need url rewrite so that a request for html can be translated into php module with query string.