10 May 2011
23 Jun 2011
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My business has just launched a new website with updated URLs. Consequently a lot of our old URL's that Google is indexing are no longer valid.
My question is about how Google sees pages with multiple URLs vs single redirecting pages.
For example. I have my new "compeitions page" plus about 4 or 5 old compeition URL's that I need to redirect to this new page. If i was to simply go to the properties of my new competitions page, tick allow multiple URL's and then paste in the 5 old ones does this have the same effect as creating individual redirect pages, one for each old URL.
I know that if I put the old URLs under "allow multiple URLs" that they all work and link to my new "competitions page", but my concern is whether Google still sees all 5 URLs as individuals (and therefore duplicate content as they all redirect to the same page).
Or does this function work the same as creating separate redirecting pages?
I am really keen to ensure I get this right as currently we rank quite highly for some specific keywords and I don't want to lose this ranking due to Google thinking we have duplicate content pages.
I hope this all makes sense and I appreciate any insights!