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How Will Changing These Page Urls Affect Rankings?


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#1 penstaar

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 08:22 PM

Hi all,

We are switching our website over to a cms system and I'm wondering how the following change in our URLs will affect rankings on that page.

OLD URL - www.mysite.com/dir/pagename.asp?cid=1234

NEW URL - www.mysite.com/dir/pagename.asp

I just checked and www.mysite.com/dir/pagename.asp has a PR of 0 while www.mysite.com/dir/pagename.asp?cid=1234 has PR 3... so I'm assuming that means Google differentiates and we will lose current rankings if we change.

Thanks for your advice.

#2 Randy

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 10:26 PM

You are correct. They are different URLs, so are different pages entirely in the eyes of the search engines.

You'd want to set up 301 redirects from the old pages that are going MIA to the new pages. That'll help the link pop pass through to your new pages.

#3 Jill

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Posted 31 March 2009 - 08:02 AM

Don't worry about the toolbar PR. It will show no PR for the new URLs for quite some time, but that doesn't mean anything if you redirect the old ones to the new. See our 301 Redirect Forum for more info.

#4 dowhatnow

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Posted 31 March 2009 - 09:03 AM

I have a question on from a similar vein.
Does anyone have a do's and don'ts for URL writing, my company are restructuring the way we hand the URLs and I would like to find out if there are anythings to avoid or watch out for.



#5 Jill

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Posted 31 March 2009 - 09:23 AM

We have lots of info on that in our dynamically generated pages forum and our 301 Redirect Forum.

#6 dowhatnow

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Posted 31 March 2009 - 10:34 AM

Thanks Jill! I will have a wee look!




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