Hi there, I finally decided to move the strongest site to my new CMS (I wrote this one and the predecessor). Oh yes I know... they were not compatible as I built the last one with many more things in mind, I'm very proud of it, one code to rule them all (many websites).
The thing is, the urls are now slightly different, slightly means nothing!
one letter and it's not the same url, so you have a not found error. It was unavoidable for a number of reasons. So I'm sharing what's happening:
- Migrated everything and the change was fast, one folder and done!
- The design is the same, except for wider columns
- A new faster mobile version with responsive design
- Same urls as the desktop version, the CMS does the job
- BUT diff urls from the previous site that was very well positioned
I created a map of links for redirects, I only missed like 10% of links, those are the index pages, the index of each section as widgets from america, widgets from europe, etc. The rest is fully mapped.
One thing that I didn't include was to integrate a mapping for the images, you know, many web searches have to do with images... I forgot, I will work on it this weekend. Results so far, my observations:
Less earnings, like 50% of what I was having these last 10 days.
Been making less money all 2013 but 10 days were not so bad finally. I'm not sure about the impact of the migration as Adsense is not as stable as before so I can't tell, specially reading the earnings and observations thread because some members seem to experience the same ups and downs I have... result? confusion because now that I read they are experiencing the same lows as me, so perhaps it's not just the migration and redirects.
I decided to share this here because many times some ask (and we wonder) about the effects of "fixing what is not broken"... well in my case my new CMS works better in many ways and I was tired of patching the older one, I wanted all the sites under the same system, it was a personal choice, I will see how this goes, I believe one week is nothing, one month will say a lot. So far the traffic stays the same.