I would like to ask about the old internal links between pages that weren't moved and pages that were moved
In fact it's something I looked into very throughly, aided by a text editor with multi-file searching.
FOR links to
... and vice versa. All hits were changed to
And then I did some manual editing. A few cross-links were only there because, hey, it's the same site, this might amuse the reader; once they're on different sites there's no longer any point. Which is why the phrase "irretrievably lost" on the Xanadu page no longer links to the discussion of the Inuktitut word ijagattuq
:: detour to beginning of thread ::
Oh, yes, I did talk a bit about that. First and third posts (responding to Sandra's question). I also added some blahblah on the respective sites' Contact pages for the benefit of former visitors looking around blankly "Uh... didn't the couch used to be against the other wall?" For the first couple of weeks I had the same thing on the old site's front page, mainly to fill space.
As long as we're here:
I've been checking google's wmt every week for development on the "via this intermediate link" front. As of last week they rinse clean on the old site: the only reported links from new to old are the bona fide direct named links. The new site still lists over 100 links from the old site-- all of them naming a page (generally a moved one) on the old site as the "intermediate link". Those are the pages that don't get crawled very often, either because they're no-indexed or because they simply don't change (ebooks mainly). The actual count is, I think, two excluding error documents. ("Looking for something? It moved to example.org".)
They're now down to 56 pages indexed on the old site. (The correct count will be closer to 10.) "Content keywords" still haven't caught up; they're basically identical on both sites. I expect this to take a long time. Edit:
Way back before I even made the move, I said hypothetically:
the new site's htaccess will have redirects in the opposite direction for the non-moved directories, in case something goes wrong and someone shows up in the wrong place. Or, ahem, if search engines start firing off requests at random.
Would anyone care to guess what happens when you tell bing that certain directories are moving? Oh, hiya, bingdude, didn't see you back there.
Yup: Every page that has ever been redirected or received a 404 or 410 will now be requested on the new site-- where, of course, it never existed. Honest, bing, it's gone
. It wasn't just biding its time until I got a new domain name.