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    Smile Url Structure is Changing, Need your Advice!


    Hi Guys,

    I am in need of your advice here. I have been running my website since June 2009 and have number of pages, keywords etc indexed on google with around 1k visitors a day.

    Now the real problem

    I have got my url structure changed and is now ready to go live, but I am unaware how to handle google with this major update. I have few a questions before I proceed.

    1. How do I inform google that my site url structure is changing and not lose serp?, I know there is 301 Redirect option, but that helps only incase of a new domain.

    2. This url structure has to go live. I have tons of urls on the website. 50 cities with 10 categories and 100 sub categories. Is there an easier route to do this using php?

    here is an example of my urls

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    Old Url: http://www.mysite.com/cityid/posts/13-automobiles-vehicles/

    New Url: http://cityname.mysite.com/automobiles-vehicles/

    Sub Categories

    Old Url: http://www.mysite.com/cityid/posts/13-automobiles-vehicles/91-auto-parts-accessories-/

    New Url: http://cityname.mysite.com/automobiles-vehicles/auto-parts-accessories/

    Ads

    Old Url : http://www.mysite.com/cityid/posts/13-automobiles-vehicles/90-automobile-dealers/40972-get-a-car-polishing-for-palio-tata-indigo-expert-automobile-service.html

    New Url: http://cityname.mysite.com/40972-get-a-car-polishing-for-palio-tata-indigo-expert-automobile-service.html

    help as always will much much appreciated.

    Dave
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    301s are not just for switching domains. They are indeed what you would need in this situation.

    But be aware, whenever you are changing anything important on your site (structure, titles, content, etc.) then there will often be some fluctuation in your rankings until things are sorted out and settled down.

    BTW - I'd stop listening to whoever told you that bit about 301s. They're not the most reliable source of information, and could lead you into trouble if all their advice is of the same quality.

    Best of luck, let us know if you need anymore help.
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    Hi jsteele82!

    Actually no one did say anything about 301. Its was my own assumption. My bad.

    Any idea or suggestions on how 301 can be utilised to tackle thousands of urls? and yes, I am aware about the fluctuation in my rankings, but its not too late yet so I want to be done with it.

    cheers
    dave

    Originally Posted by jsteele823
    301s are not just for switching domains. They are indeed what you would need in this situation.

    But be aware, whenever you are changing anything important on your site (structure, titles, content, etc.) then there will often be some fluctuation in your rankings until things are sorted out and settled down.

    BTW - I'd stop listening to whoever told you that bit about 301s. They're not the most reliable source of information, and could lead you into trouble if all their advice is of the same quality.

    Best of luck, let us know if you need anymore help.
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    Your current urls: assuming they are being rewritten on the server. What script/page ultimately handles these old urls?

    ie, is there a posts.php?city=cityid&etc=etc behind those old urls?

    Or are the old urls actual paths to static pages?


    The answer here is absolutely yes, you want to 301 those address, but the best approach really depends on what's there now, what's going to be left on the root domain (possibly).

    The simplest solution may be a mod_rewrite and php served 301 hybrid. It really depends on what we're dealing with here.

    Regardless, this should be pretty simple to accomplish via php. Without knowing anything else, if you can assure all old urls take the structure you posted above... a simple array of cityid=>citysubdomain and parsing the request_uri could do it by itself. If any old paths deviate from the pattern, though, it could fault those individual links. That's why I'm asking what's going on behind the curtain. I don't want to hand you a script without knowing it's going to work perfectly with what exists now.
    Last edited by Skinny Vinny; Jan 31st, 2010 at 06:49 PM.
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    Hi Skinny Vinny

    There is an option to activate or deactivate SEF urls. After activating the option the urls look like this

    http://www.mysite.com/5/posts/13-automobiles-vehicles/90-automobile-dealers/

    (no. 5 in the above url is the city id, 13 is category id and 90 is sub category id)

    I have got this changed by one of the coders and new url looks like this.

    http://cityname.mysite.com/automobiles-vehicles/automobile-dealers/

    dave

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