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Posted 11 January 2004 - 02:52 PM
I've got a site which got shelled during Google's imfamous Florida update. Before Florida, the site did exceptionally well (positions 1-3) on all of the target search words. But after, can only be found on one keyword at around position 25, with others dropping into the thousands.
Before the Florida update, I had been working on creating a completely new version of the site. This was a complete rewrite, with lots of additional quality content, etc. The plan was to use the original domain, however when the Florida update happened, I registered another domain and started using it for the new site. I didn't at the time know what was going on, and so just wanted a clean slate for the new site.
So, now my question is, should I tie the two sites together? Should I send traffic from the old site to the new site? If so, which technique should I use.
The original site does have a few spammy inbound links, from free-for-all and guestbook pages. These are from a long time ago and obviously didn't affect the previous high ranking of the site. However, it's also got some pretty decent links (Yahoo, DMOZ, etc.) that I would like to not lose. The old site has a PR of 5.
My concern would be that by redirecting traffic from the old site to the new, that the new site might as well pick up whatever made the site lose position. I feel that this concern is probably not warranted and that I should go ahead with redirecting traffic from the old site to the new one. But, is there any concerns which anyone might see with my scenario? Is it ok to do a redirect from the old site to the new one?
Thanks in advance.
Posted 11 January 2004 - 04:00 PM
I would 301-permanent-redirect the old domain to the new one.
Posted 11 January 2004 - 08:48 PM
Posted 11 January 2004 - 10:06 PM
I guess that's my concern, Jill. I mean, I don't think we did anything spammy in the site itself. It's actually a pretty decent site in its own rights. I just don't know what 'spammy' means after Florida. Is this notion of 'overly optimized sites' to be of concern?
If you didn't do anything "spammy" on the old site, then you have nothing to worry about.
I'm not trying to make this another discussion about optimization post florida. My main question, I think, is if there is any chance that the new site might inherit or be tainted by the old site if I were to do a 301 redirect?
Posted 11 January 2004 - 10:36 PM
Go forward with your new site, and do the 301. The only thing you can inherit from the old site is it's links, and that's a good thing, you want those to point to your new site, which they will with the 301 properly in place.
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