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Barry Schwartz (aka RustyBrick) asked John Mueller about sites escaping a penalty by moving content WITHOUT doing a 301 redirect, and john Mu seemed to imply that google could easily see the move without the 301 redirect and associate the new pages on the new site with the old site.
In this case could the attempt to escape a penalty also be interpreted as a webmaster simply trying to begin with a clean slate that does not carry the link baggage with it?
[edited by: Robert_Charlton at 6:13 am (utc) on Aug 16, 2014]
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