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Why is this so confusing!?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by jamesjk1, Aug 14, 2014.

  1. jamesjk1

    jamesjk1 Senior Member

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    I changed the url structure of 5 of my articles - i.e. from http://www.example.com/green-shoes to http://www.example.com/the-best-green-shoes. Same content - just different url structure.

    I re-directed the old url's to the new one's with 301 via htaccess. All re-directs work fine, but when searching site:example.com, google still lists old url's. I presume this is seen as dupe content and isn't good for ranking. Do I also need to delete the old url's via webmaster tools (remove url's), no-index and no-follow them? Or would it be better to just get them to return a 404?

    Many thanks :)
     
  2. aka sam

    aka sam Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    How much time since you changed it?

    Google takes time to see the changes.
     
  3. SEO Power

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    Don't delete them via GWT and don't turn them into 404 pages. The old urls are still listed because Google has not discovered the redirects. Once they do, the old urls will disappear and be replaced by the new ones.
     
  4. lord1027

    lord1027 Elite Member

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    Give it some time. Usually, how long does it take for google to index new pages from your website?
     
  5. Jan79

    Jan79 Newbie

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    It will fix itself in time, be patient
     
  6. SpookSEO

    SpookSEO Senior Member

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    I have been into the same situation before. I have also tried changing it multiple times. How many times did you change yours? There are times when it takes Google a very long time to go over those kinds of changes. All you can do at the moment is to be patient.
     
  7. stenem

    stenem Registered Member

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    just wait and let google crawl your site again
     
  8. jamesjk1

    jamesjk1 Senior Member

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    Hey mate, changed it twice. Yeah, it's really annoying as I think it may be seen as duplicate content. Did you use the url removal tool in webmaster tools? When did you last change yours and have you seen any changes?
     
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    Don't stress that much over duplicate content, it's not nearly as bad as they say and it's on your site, and you have redirects in place. Stop worrying and let it be, add more quality content and grow the site more, it will all sort itself out.