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Best way to combine 3 websites into 1?

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  1. warriorsam53

    warriorsam53 Power Member

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    Does anyone have any experience in combining the content for multiple websites into a single website with a minimal impact on rankings?

    I have 3 websites in the travel niche. They all cater to different sub-niches in travel. All the sites rank well on Google for several keywords and have 100+ posts.

    Is there some way I can combine these 3 websites into a single, large, magazine-style website while keeping my rankings?

    I want to combine them to make it easier to manage and track. I also feel that it'll be cheaper to build links and rank one site instead of 3.

    Thanks in advance for any help!
     
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    warriorsam53 Power Member

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    That's one option I can try. 301 the current domain to a subdomain.

    Thanks a lot.
     
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    If you are building a new site to combine then why not use an aggregator plugin and use rss feeds from your other sites. They then stay as they are
     
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    But if I just use the content from RSS Feeds, won't it be difficult to rank the new site for the old content?
     
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    Two options
    1) Don't combine (all egg in one basket)- low risk if u are using blackhat (pbns and stuff) - hire a VA if you can't manage it

    2) Create an authority site and use subniches as categories.

    Travel site 1 niche 1
    travel site 2 niche 2
    travel site 3 niche 3

    Authority travel site
    Catagory 1 : niche 1 >> All articles from site1 goes here
    Catagory 2 : niche 2 >> All articles from site 2 goes here
    Catagory 3 : niche 3 >> All articles from site 3 goes here

    make sure redirect correctly
    site 1 >> category 1 page etc..
    site 1 article 1 >> category 1 article 1 etc

    good luck
     
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    Other sites do it ok, just an option
     
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    Thanks a lot for the advice.

    I tried to search for other methods on Google. Most of the methods recommend 301 redirects for each URL.

    Lately, I've read a lot of posts where people are claiming that 301 redirects from domains don't work so well anymore. If that's the case, then I doubt I'll be able to maintain any of the rankings.

    Do you think inserting canonical links on each post with a link to the new domain and new content can work?
     
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    Thanks a lot. I'll look into it.