I have a simple question. I've searched for the last hour looking for an answer, but I can't quite find an answer.
I have two tourism sites. My first site was created 3 years for a region, but then I created a new site last year for the whole country. In this example, the first site is GoVisitNevada.tld, and the second is GoVisitAmerica.tld. (these are not the actual sites!).
GoVisitNevada ranks highly for the 'nevada' keyword (#2). GoVisitAmerica has high rankings for some specific terms, but isn't on the top pages for 'america'.
GoVisitAmerica has a structure like www.GoVisitAmerica.tld/Nevada/Attractions/... or www.GoVisitAmerica.tld/Florida/Hotels...
Both sites have a PR of 4.
Right now, GoVisitAmerica/Nevada has all the content of GoVisitNevada. It's been copied for over a year.
I have read Google's instructions on moving a site, and understand about 301 redirects, etc.
It's important that I maintain my #2 ranking for the 'nevada' keyword. Note that the old domain (GoVisitNevada) has the keyword in the domain, whereas in the new site it's only in the local path.
I have two questions:
(1) If I properly 301 redirect individual pages, and the root domain to the appropriate new page (www.GoVisitNevada.tld -> www.GoVisitAmerica.tld/Nevada), should I preserve my #2 ranking for the 'nevada' keyword?
(2) What happens to PR? Does the new domain absorb the PR from the old domain?
I appreciate any reply. I have searched the forums but I haven't seen this directly answered. Other websites don't provide any reference or anything...some people saying it transfers 90% of the PR value, but I have no idea how they came up with the number.