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    Redirecting URLs and SE ranking

    Hey all... I'm in the process of recoding a client's site and a lot (almost all) of the pages' URLs will change (the domain will not). My gut tells me I should do 301 redirects (as opposed to 302s since the old pages will be removed). This client has worked hard at search engine ranking so obviously I don't want to mess with that too much. Anyone have solid knowledge of the effect of a 301 on their rankings?

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    alh

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    301 redirection will pass PR .

    You can do it with puting this in .htaccess

    redirect 301 /old.php http://www.domain.com/new.php


    And this is it.

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    I have done a good few redesigns of sites, mostly on my own which required (For SEO reasons) me to change the URLs.

    Using 301 redirects was, and IS the way to go. Pagerank, and SERP positions for those pages all passed. You have nothing to worry about.

    Follow instructions on mattcutts.com/blog to be sure you are doing it right.

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    Yup use the 301 as it will pass PR and even thought there may be a slight drop in ranking as the search engine adjusts itself to the new URL's it should only be temperary.
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    Sweet! Thanks everyone!


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