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how to change my webpages without effecting my indexing

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by theconfidenceman, Mar 2, 2009.

  1. theconfidenceman

    theconfidenceman Regular Member

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    I created my whole website page structure incorrectly. Right now all my backpages 49 of them are like this

    mysite.com/longtailkeyword.php
    mysite.com/longtailkeyword2.php etc

    my index links to all of them in the footer eg..

    longtailkeyword1 | longtailkeyword2 | etc etc

    and I have some ranking and traffic...

    I believe id have better ranking and traffic with this format..

    mysite.com/long-tail-keyword.php
    mysite.com/long-tail-keyword2.php
    etc etc

    question is... whats the best way to effect the change???

    thanks in advance guys...
     
  2. commander_keen

    commander_keen Newbie

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    actually, it will be better without the slashes

    they way you did it is great, don't change it


    and about the links in the footer, look, i really recommend to prevent this method, its good, but if you have 50 links from there its not that much


    I can tell you it will be better to add those links in the content itself

    something like:

    "Welcome to my computer guides site, in that site you will find a laptops guides and some Photoshop Guides too...." etc

    ofcourse the bolded text is the links, the first link is to your home page for instans...


    Moreover, i recommand not changing the site to much (especially not titles, H1, H2)
    it can hurt you rankings for a cycle of time. (though the rankings returns to their own place most of the time if you do it the right way)


    good luck with your site
     
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  3. theconfidenceman

    theconfidenceman Regular Member

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    serious? i dont come up in ...irurl: .. at all... unless i type without the spaces.. more ppl search with spaces than w/o

    care to explain why you say its better w/o the dashes??
     
  4. the_punisher

    the_punisher Power Member

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    the way u have ur site setup is fine, and ur not making any huge changes SEO wise with ur new structure either.

    so just let it be
     
  5. the_punisher

    the_punisher Power Member

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    actually nobody searches without spaces, to compete with spaces u will have to do some serious SEO, depending on ur selected keyword.

    for example i have a site where i review a product, and the url is http://is<product>ascam.com

    now if u type that in G ill be at number 1, but if u type it with spaces, im on page 5 or 6
     
  6. chickenugget

    chickenugget Newbie

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    I don't think it really matters, but if you want to test, just change a couple and see if they rank as well.

    You will need to do a 301 redirect from your non-hyphen URLs to the matching hyphed URLs so that Google sees it as a permanent change and shifts the page value from the old page to the new page though.

    Cheers
    Nugget
     
  7. woodstuck

    woodstuck Junior Member

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    With the change you propose, you will lose all existing ranking and keyword strength until your site is re-digested by the engine and reposted in the 'new' appropriate place (according to the engine) based on those changes.

    IMO - The change you suggest will hurt you more than help you.

    1st You lose what you have now.
    2nd You are not guaranteed to get back or surpass what you lost.
    3rd There are places you could better spend your time in seo now that you are indexed, than to change what you have already gained in the SERPS.

    Any gain you (might) get from the hyphens change to the page names WILL NOT give you the traffic increases (from search) that you are expecting, and further, let's not forget that you will lose what you have today...

    Oh, and a good html sitemap in the footer will help too.
     
  8. aspardeshi

    aspardeshi Junior Member

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    do not change lol. you search in google any keyword or better your own keyword and you will find that both the types are ranking high as you have given in the above example. it will literally make no difference.
     
  9. currentnews

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    very true do not change the titles, i did many a times and now 2 of my main keywords,could not even found in google search.

    well if i were you, i started building more backlinks, directory submssion, social bookmarking blah blah, of course that helps, and yes quality content not just some duplicate content, if you use orginal content it will give you a total boost.

    thats what i know as far my experiences goes.

    there are so many cheap services for available for BHW, so search around spend some dime, and you will be at the top
     
  10. bmatthews

    bmatthews Regular Member

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    whatever you do don't stop link building.