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Best Way Of Updating Google Index After Changing URL Structure?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by darulez, Mar 15, 2017.

  1. darulez

    darulez Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    Looking for advice from some expierenced users here.

    Situation:

    Got a old wordPress blog with the nasty old fashioned /year/month/ slug

    www.domain.com/2017/05/longurlssuck/

    I changed the permalinks without /year/month to blogpost:

    www.domain.com/longurlssuck/

    created htaccess 301 from
    www.domain.com/2017/05/longurlssuck/
    to
    www.domain.com/longurlssuck/

    NOW. Big questions: What is the best way to update google on this:

    Will submitting the old "www.domain.com/2017/05/longurlssuck/ " to "remove urls" be enough?

    or would you recommend putting them into the robots.txt?
     
  2. Gromit

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    I did pretty much that last month but also a resubmit sitemap and fetch as google afterwards.

    Correct urls are showing up in google for the content.
     
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  3. Leo00

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    I would do as Gromit says. Submit the updated sitemap in GWT console.
     
  4. darulez

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    +1
    Perfect. THAT was exactly what I was missing as idea!

    @Gromit
    Would you still leave the 301s for other search engines etc?
     
  5. dbanjo

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    If you put them in the robots.txt, google can't crawl them, and they wont see the 404, 301 or whatever. And they will sit in the index. So i wouldn't do that.

    301 and just wait.
     
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  6. darulez

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    thank you very much.
    wordPress ist just a PITA for SEO..
     
  7. Gromit

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    Not quite sure what you mean?
     
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    Yeah. I had links from other sites that i couldn't change pointing to the old urls.
     
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    My personal favorite is sending a quick sitemap update + pinging each link on the site with an indexer service. Usually I get an update in a couple days on the SERPs, but it can take longer based on the niche. Had a nail salon that took 2 weeks to update.