Potential orphan pages?

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Suppose I have a page called www.widgets.com/about.html  and I want to
change it to www.widgets.com/about_widgets.html or
www.widgets.com/red_widgets.html to give it a little more visibility.
What should I do with the original www.widgets.com/about.html?  That
one may be popping up under obscure searches based on that.  will
renaming it have negative affects in the future?

What are your thoughts Hobson??   :)


Re: Potential orphan pages?

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Use a HTTP 301 (Moved Permanently) redirect so that anyone who acesses
the old URL gets redirected to the new.  Google says: "If your old URLs
redirect to your new site using HTTP 301 (permanent) redirects, our
crawler will know to use the new URL. Changes made in this way will
take 6-8 weeks to be reflected in Google."
Source:  http://www.google.com/remove.html

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Re: Potential orphan pages?

Bob wrote in

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One approach is to use the 404 page.

If someone tries to visit the old page, they will get a 404 page not found
message. You can make your own 404 page that explains that the page no
longer exists and provides links to your home page, search page, site map or
whatever. That page will appear for all missing pages.

Alternatively, you could make your index page the page that is served up for
the 404.

Which ever way you decide to go - if with either - you need the following in
your .htaccess file.

ErrorDocument 404 http://www.example.com/index.html

That will redirect to your index.html file - to redirect to any other page,
substitute the file name  - you'd worked that out that hadn't you :)

Another approach would be to use a permanent redirect in the .htaccess file.

redirect 301 /oldname.html http://www.example.com/newname.html

I'm sure you can deconstruct that - and I can avoid insulting your
intelligence again.

Incidentally - I'd be interested to hear anyone's thoughts on the relative
merits of the two approaches as regards the SEs.

If you feel that any of the above is incorrect,
inappropriate or offensive in any way,
please ignore it and accept my apologies.

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