Q about coping and reposting old post. Will this update search engine results?

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  • #1041209

    haleykrueger
    Member

    Recently, stupidly, I changed my URL from haleykrueger.wordpress.com to homespunhaley.wordpress.com without referring the traffic. Well crap, but I have to live with it.

    So this is what I’m trying to problem solve. I thought if I copied old posts, reposted them as new and deleted the old ones, that at least my search engine traffic would pick back up.

    I made my most recent post sticky, so my regular visitors weren’t too confused and tried it out. When I use Google to search for the posts, I still only see an old link. Where is the updated link? Does it just take to register with search engines? Does this not even work?

    Thanks for your help!

    The blog I need help with is homespunhaley.wordpress.com.

    #1041320

    timethief
    Member

    That won’t change the fact that (1) beacsue you did not purchase a site redirect all the broken URLs to the indexed original content will be in Google’s cache and Bing’s cache for at least 3 – 6 months. (2) As they will still be in the SERPs they will outrank the new content under the new URLs. (P.S. Some other search engines never clear their caches at all.) (3) Also note that it takes time and the frequent publication of fresh unique content that cannot be found elsewhere on the internet in the new blog to get search engine attention. http://en.support.wordpress.com/search-engines/
    10 factors that expedite indexing > http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2010/01/21/omg-i-cant-find-my-blog-on-google/

    #1041321

    timethief
    Member

    I’m not sure if you know what I mean by broken links > http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2011/08/05/avoid-creating-404-pages/

    #1041329

    haleykrueger
    Member

    Thank you!
    Yes, I am painfully aware that all the links are broken.

    I didn’t have an understanding of how search engines worked, but that makes perfect sense. I actually get quite a bit of traffic from search engines and saw my referral #s drop the second I made that mistake.

    Will the SERPs ever show the new link first? Eventually? Even if it’s in months? It might be worth the days work for me to copy all my posts if so.

    Thank you!

    #1041332

    timethief
    Member

    I do not recommend copying the old posts and deleting them. You will simply be creating more broken links and a bigger screwed up mess for the search spiders to work through. You have to wait this out and keep publishing new content, and that’s all there is to this.

    #1041341

    haleykrueger
    Member

    Thanks! That’s what I needed to hear. You know how one can justify just about anything to make themselves feel better? But sometimes you just need to be told, to stop it and move on!

    Will my email subscribers be sent to the correct site or should I send a notification?

    #1041343

    timethief
    Member

    Your email subscribers will not be advised of the URL change. :(

    #1041346

    haleykrueger
    Member

    What about wordpress.com followers?

    #1041347

    timethief
    Member

    When we follow any blog we follow the URL so if the URL is gone then so is our subscription.

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