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Moving Pages
From Craig Boas at French Accents Antique Furniture on 23 Oct '00
I have a number pages that rank well on search engines, but I'd like
to move them (i.e: change their filenames within the same domain). Is
there a way to tell the search engines that pages have moved? If
you'd like to see what I'm talking about, look at the category pages
linked from

Currently, I'm maintaining two pretty much identical versions of the
same pages, one set at the old location and one at the new. (Visit
any of the category pages and change the ".html" extension to ".shtml"
and you'll see the alternate category page.) Aside from the extra
work involved, I'm worried that search engines will eventually find
the new pages, notice the marked similarities, and then (incorrectly)
penalize me for spamming.

I've considered replacing the old pages with meta-refresh code (or
JavaScript) that automatically sends people to the new versions, but
I know that's another disfavored (read: "Spammer") technique that
might get me penalized.

Any ideas? Should I just bite the bullet and remove the old pages?
Is there an elegant solution I'm just overlooking? Thank you in
advance for your help!

Craig Boas
French Accents Antique Furniture

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