Hey everybody -
I'd say I'm intermediate in my SEO knowledge. Anyway, did 301 redirects at this website of mine:
Old url: something like: http://www.anxietysupportnetwork.com/toxic_effects_isolation.php
New url: something like: http://www.anxietysupportnetwork.com/toxic-effects-isolation/
It was not a Wordpress install formerly. Just handcoded CSS by myself from years ago.
Followed bluehost's directions for migrating: https://my.bluehost.com/cgi/help/wordpress-migrate
It went from anxietysuppornetwork.org to anxietysupportnetwork.com
Now, that still left the old .php URLs in place. So, after redirecting, I deleted them to avoid duplicate
content (have a backup just in case it makes sense to restore).
I've been deleting all the old .php files to avoid duplicate content.
I verified all 301 redirects work by manually visiting each.
...And my organic traffic's fallen to 48 new users from Feb. 8-11, down from 376 from the 4th
to the 7th.
That's quite a tumble. I heard you keep around 85% of your SEO value, so this surprised.
Anyway, just want some other opinions. Have I done anything wrong in the transition?
Anything I overlooked or should fix?
Appreciate your thoughts,