Hi there webmasters, wasn't sure where to put this (content? linking? search engines?). The scenario is very simple, I own several websites, let's talk about only TWO that I plan to merge, or more exactly: one absorbing the other.. The TOS say I can't go too specific about things so let's say the two websites are about toys. Ok, website A (the largest one with more traffic) discuss all the toys made in the American continent. The smaller website (B) discuss toys made in Canada only.
- Both sites are mine since their creation
- Both sites have pure original content, 100% written by me
- Both have original pictures, interviews and videos, all by me
- Both are hosted on the same server
- Both have mutual mentions, specially the largest (A) quoting bits of content from B or recommending articles
- Site A is the largest one, way more content, decent traffic
- Site A is updated every week
- Site B is rather small, less content, not bad traffic
- Site B is updated once every 6 months or more (used to be updated weekly)
Yes, both sites have been crawled and indexed by search engines
Site A is 17 years old while B is 8 years old. I plan let go domain B.
Both sites have all the images watermarked with their respective names/domain
What's the big concern? search engine impact, penalization or an accidental unwanted results triggered by algorithms, you know, specially G thinking some content was borrowed, copied, stolen, etc. This is not the case, all the content is mine. I just want to move all the content from the smaller site to the largest. Both are good quality websites, it's just B won't get updates as often as A.
My plan: I'm thinking on moving all the content from A to B, but I won't release it all at once, instead I will post one article per week while the rest will remain hidden from the public or search engines. Site B would disappear. All the images will be watermarked AGAIN to keep the domain name of site A. I hope this way Google (specially G) sees the content has been absorbed, there won't be any mass publications, instead one by one per week.
What about posting a disclaimer or notice "this website is becoming part of website A?".
Why killing such website? let's stay with the example of "toys", site A generates income, site B very, very little, to the point that it doesn't justify working on it (to me). While yes, it is specific on "Canadian toys", people write to me and ask me specifics on those for business, is that bad? nope, the thing is as you know, sometimes a website generates opportunities in areas we might not be interested on exploring. Like a website on computers but you get constant questions about "Macintosh". Yes there are business opportunities there but I don't like them and I'm not interested on them, not even 1%, it's not my area. I honestly have no interest on affiliates or selling the domain.
Thanks in advance for your comments