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Remodeled Sites- Redirect Issues Now

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by johnstac, Jul 26, 2011.

  1. johnstac

    johnstac Newbie

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    I could really use some advice. I'm a newb even though I have been doing my own web stuff for a number of years. I am constantly running into things I have never experienced before. Today in no exception.

    I recently did a remodel of my site. There was probably 200 or so pages in the old site. On the new site most of the page names have different names then the old pages. I new there was in issue because I was continuing to get sales even though I switched to the new site. That was when I checked google and realized that they have a bunch of my old pages in the system. So my first question is whether it is an issue at all. Do I care? Secondly, will these pages drop off on their own eventually? And then lastly, I thought I had read somewhere that I am supposed to redirect with something to tell google that I have new pages. Can someone throw me a bone here and tell me what I actually need to do? Many thanks!
     
  2. mrdexter

    mrdexter Junior Member

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    If you have the same page but just with a different URL then yes you need to 301 redirect to the new URL (presuming they have backlinks to them).

    If they are old pages which have not been replaced then you can wait for them to drop out or fill out a remove URL request from within webmaster tools.
     
  3. other_henry

    other_henry Junior Member

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    You should redirect the old urls to the new ones and create a site map with the new urls.
     
  4. johnstac

    johnstac Newbie

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    Very good information. So if I don't have any backlinks to them, then there is no real good reason to redirect? I can just wait for Google to drop them and spider the new pages. (which they already have)

    Edit: Was going to also ask where do I report the pages to google if I want to go that route? I didn't seen anything in google analytics.
     
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    If the old URLs are deleted and still have real traffic then redirects won't annoy users like a 404 page will.

    A 301 redirect is the G approved method to tell them a page has moved.
     
  6. johnstac

    johnstac Newbie

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    But Google will drop pages that are not connected to the internet eventually right?
     
  7. mrdexter

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    Yes, although in my experience it can take more than two months for them to drop a page by themselves, whereas it takes about 12 hours if you notify them.