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Re: Hw to tell googlebot that a page moved

  • Subject: Re: Hw to tell googlebot that a page moved
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 14 Sep 2006 00:10:41 +0100
  • Newsgroups: alt.internet.search-engines
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__/ [ tonnie ] on Wednesday 13 September 2006 19:08 \__

> Ignoramus7715 schreef:
>> On Wed, 13 Sep 2006 19:51:58 +0200, tonnie <t.prasing@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>> Ignoramus7715 schreef:
>>>> Let's say that I have a page
>>>> http://domain1.com/page1.html
>>>> and that I want Google to know that it moved to
>>>> http://domain2.com/page2.html
>>>> that is, I want google to replace the former with the latter, in its
>>>> search results, transfer pagerank, etc.
>>>> I control both domain1 and domain2.
>>> Depends on what server software your site is running, don't know exactly
>>> how it can be done on a windows server, but with apache it could be done
>>> with a redirect permanent in the .htaccess file.
>>> For example:
>>> Redirect permanent http://domain1.com/page1.html
>>> http://domain2.com/page2.html
>>> Further more, pagerank won't be transfered but re-calculated.
>>> After having placed the redirect, you should be aware of the fact that
>>> there are / could be still sites linking to the old location. Try to get
>>> them changed by asking the webmasters to do so, at least for the ones
>>> you know of.
>> I run linux/apache.
>> OK, let's say that page1 is the top result in search for "foobar".
>> If I do this permanent redirect (301), will page2 be on top of the
>> search result?
> One can't say that for sure. I have seen pages drop and i have seen
> pages stay on the same position after placing a redirect.
> You most certainly have a purpose to move the content, make sure it is a
> done properly and for the right reasons.

When you redirect with status 301, the older page will, in due time, expire
and disappear from index/cache. It might even seem unlikely that both
location will appear among the search results, unless the new location was
already indexed prior to redirection.

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