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Moved Site, Will Removing .html From Subpages Matter?

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#1 rockitvyki


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Posted 18 September 2012 - 11:49 AM

I rebuilt our company website in Wordpress and moved it about a week ago. I kept the linking structure the same with the exception of removing a few pages and adding some new ones. The reason for keeping the structure the same was so I my previous SEO efforts wouldn't be affected. However, I forgot that the subpages on the old site ended in .html whereas my new site's pages do not, Will this affect my previous SEO efforts (keywords, links, etc) or do I need to fix it?

For the record, I'm pretty sure Google has already indexed my new site.

#2 chrishirst


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Posted 18 September 2012 - 01:03 PM

Google will eventually catch up, but you should use a permanent rediect from old URIs to new so visitors (and search engine user agents) from the original links are not getting HTTP 404 responses instead of the document they expect.

#3 Jill


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Posted 18 September 2012 - 03:18 PM

Definitely redirect the old URLs to the new ones if at all humanly possible. If you can't do them all, do them for the landing pages that bring direct organic search engine visitors.

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