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Thinking about slightly repurposing a blog of mine....I'M SCARED.

Discussion in 'Blogging' started by Tosmekop, Aug 8, 2016.

  1. Tosmekop

    Tosmekop Supreme Member

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    So I have this blog that I'd had some interesting ideas for, a few years ago, and since I absolutely LOVE the domain name, I've kept it around. I started working on the, but had no actual direction (or focus) in which to take it. I ran my own SEO campaigns, and got it ranking in a few places, but then lost interest in it (though I still love the domain). Recently, I've decided to take it in a slightly new direction (and I'm wanting to basically start fresh, with the exception of my logo/business cards). I will KINDA stay in the same ballpark, so to speak, but I wouldn't mind completely deleting all my previous blogposts. My concern is with what would happen with all the link-building I've done, if they now start pointing to posts that no longer exist. Would an invalid URL wildcard redirect to the homepage help with not getting beaten up too badly by the SERPs?

    Whaddya guys and gals think?
     
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    Don't delete your previous content.

    Create a new subdirectory to your site, and build the new site there. Leave everything else where it is now, even if you change the subject. Create a backup of your current home page. Create a new home page that 301 redirects to this new directory with the new site.

    You'll still keep old traffic and most rankings and if you decide to change back all you gotta do is restore the previous home page.
     
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  3. Tosmekop

    Tosmekop Supreme Member

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    Thanks! What I was thinking about doing, was leaving everything as-is... sorta.
    What I was considering was to keep all my posts and categories in-tact, however, completely remove them from my visitors' UIs. Meaning, while the old categories remain, and are live, you won't actually see them being openly displayed on the website. I'm not too big on using sub-directories/sub-domains, unless I'm running a WPMU, if I don't have to, though I'm not completely opposed to it, either. I do appreciate your recommendation, and it will most certainly be taken into consideration. I will have made my decision by this time, next week. I've got something else I'm working on, but this situation has just been eating away at me over the months. I needed to put a deadline on it, once and for all.