Comment on SEO Tutorial by Carl Bradbrook.

HI David,

Ha ha :-)

Phew :-)

Ok so I followed your instructions and messed around for 2 or 3 hours to get it all working and It kinda worked but not as supposed to. I think maybe the other rules in the .htaccess might have done something.

Anyway… I got the two

domain.com/test and
domain.com/test2

redirecting by putting the rules in the .htaccess in the test and test2 folders as it didnt work in the actual domain.com

But that only really redirected the main page and the specific page to specific page redirects domain.com/page1 to domainnew.com/page1 ended up reirecting domain.com/page1 to domain.com/page1 with a broken theme.

So… I thought there must be a way (Always is !)

Ok so here is the master plan which worked
——————————————-

domain.com/test
domain.com/test2
originaldomain.com

all have to redirect to

domainnew.com

So i did the whole job by finding a bunch of light weight plugins some of which hadnt been updated in 4 years but still worked.

So first I used: export-2-excel.1.0.zip and I exported a full list of the pages and full list of the posts for the originaldomain.com to two csv files.

Then

I installed simple-301-redirects.1.06.zip and simple-301-redirects-addon-bulk-uploader.1.0.11 and I uploaded each of the posts and pages csv’s and redirected the exact page to exact page

Then

I used 404-to-start.zip to redirect all 404 errors to the home page of new domain.

Then I used mass-delete-tags.1.0.zip to delete all the tags so that the 404-to-start.zip would redirect the missing tag urls

I did this for all the 3 old domains

On the new domain I dont want tags on the pages as they have a bunch of rubbish links wasting SEO.

The new site is running Stallion so I know it has a 404 redirect to the home page already and I just went ahead and did a mass delete of tags with mass-delete-tags.1.0.zip

End result is that anypage from any of the old domain or two test domains will redirect to exact page match in new domain or to home page of new domain.

I didnt get google to go and spider the old site again yet as I havent finished reorganising the new site. When ready I will send the spider in to the old site and the new site and that should I think get the new site listed.

I think Im starting to get this wp seo happening David

Thanks for all your support tutorials I have learned so much :-)

I still have questions though on a couple of other topics and will come back with those as I approach them on the new site

Thanks and blessings!

Carl :-)

By the way I was thinking to run rvg-optimize-database.2.8.3.zip to clean up the database on the new domain. What are your thoughts?

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