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#1 nazz

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Posted 21 March 2011 - 07:08 PM

I am merging two of my blogs started back in 2007 and creating a new site. For various good reasons.

These are at least 600 essays and reviews. Basically I want the body of work to follow me and I want to discontinue/remove the older blogs.

The new site is on WordPress and is about to launch. One of the older blogs was on TypePad (unmapped) so I cannot do 301 redirects on that one, but I can on the other (WP).

1. Since the original content dates range from 2007-2010, how do I best handle that?

Do I backdate the posts, if possible (by editing the publish date in WP)? I am using a permalink structure of post ID #/title.

Or do I use the current date of the reposting and somewhere in the text indicate the original posting date. Or is there some archival technique?

My concern is that the technique not trigger some search engine filter.

2. Am I better off deleting the posts on the TypePad blog and waiting for them to clear out of the SERPs? I cannot file a SERP removal request since I have no access to the root, Google says.

Thanks, hope this is clear.

#2 Jill

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Posted 22 March 2011 - 07:15 AM

I would backdate them yes. And I would also remove them from the old site if you can't redirect. I would also go and get all the links changed from the old site to the new. That one is going to be critical.

If you can put something up at the old site that says this site has moved to the new site and link to that, that would also help. Especially if you can do it on every old page.

#3 Michael Martinez

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Posted 22 March 2011 - 12:12 PM

I'm not necessarily disagreeing with Jill but let me offer an alternative solution.

A few years ago I wrote a number of articles for a blog/domain that has now passed into the hands of a spammer. He wisely chose not to republish my articles (because I WOULD go after him with all available resources if he did that) so I am republishing those articles on another blog that is fully under my control.

Instead of backdating the articles (the dates would predate the existence of my blog) I am embedding a notice in every article that says where the article was originally published and when.

#4 nazz

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Posted 23 March 2011 - 07:57 PM

That gets to the heart of my question. Should I do what Jill advises or what Michael suggests.

Is either approach preferable?

I do not want the backdating of files to be interpreted as a deceptive SEO maneuver since the blog is new. But backdating makes the most sense from a reader perspective.

Or am I overthinking.

#5 Jill

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Posted 24 March 2011 - 08:20 AM

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Or am I overthinking.


Yes.

Do it however you like. Search engines don't give a crap. smile.gif

#6 Michael Martinez

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Posted 24 March 2011 - 12:14 PM

Jill is 100% correct. You should do what you feel most comfortable doing and not worry about the "SEO effect".




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