How long does it take to update site-wide 301 redirects in Google?

Sep 27, 2007 • 1:53 pm | comments (4) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization
 

So lets say you change all of your urls on your website to a completely new url structure. You 301 redirect all the old urls to the new ones. So how does it take for this to update in Google and other search engines? A thread on WMW has some good thoughts from members who have experienced this situation. The thread starter remarked on his situation:

We dropped from 120k pages in the index to 87k pages. We also are not coming up for certain keywords that we were always there for, and are seeing 50% less traffic from Google.

Some of the other posters said that it take quite some time up to a year for all the urls to be fully spidered and ranked again by Google. It is important to mention that result will vary based on a number of factors. If you have a site that has 120K pages and you change all the urls, then it not unreasonable to expect a large delay. It often comes down to "Is it worth it to change that many urls?" Does the outcome of such a change benefit you in the long run? For traffic from search engines? Or for visitors?

Tedster said:

"My experience was that, long term, it was always a positive step. Short term, a site with anything lower than a PR7 Home Page may experience a few bumps on the way to improvement. It's essential to get the technology right in your rewrite scheme, and there are several pitfalls.

1. Poorly configured, you may open the door to duplicate urls for the same content. 2. Remember that there are two steps to address: a. get the new urls to resolve and b. 301 redirect the old urls. 3. I found it more effective to do a ranking, traffic and backlink study and then only redirect the key urls, letting the rest go 404. That approach seemed to give the quickest "recovery" time in Google I ever achieved. In fact, that site never saw a dip in Google traffic, and then rankings improved quickly."

Some great advice from him. Continued discussion at WebmasterWorld.

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Comments:

Eric Itzkowitz

09/27/2007 09:08 pm

I'm wondering if they were already ranking well for the keywords they wanted each respective web page to rank for. If yes, why would they go and change the URL structure; especially all at once w/o first testing by moving just a few? I'm not 100% sure this will help, but if you have not already setup a Sitemap consider doing so after reviewing http://www.sitemaps.org/. The lesson here kiddies is TEST, TEST, TEST and then TEST some more.

Jaan Kanellis

09/27/2007 10:00 pm

Many times people change URL for basically "unwise" reasons.

Hadar

10/02/2007 07:23 am

In our experience, it's recommended to use 302 redirect first (page to page), and then after 2-3 months - to move to 301. That ensures a relatively "smooth" transition. This goes also for domain change (but depends on the case).

Sunny Leone

08/29/2012 07:41 pm

i have a site redirect www.sapnatvlive.com to www.sapnalive.net but its not indexing i already waiting from 2 week ....... how much time take redirect and index . .. on google please reply i am new ...

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