28 Sep 07
16 Jan 09 12:31 am
Renaming web pages. How will this affect my Google ranking?
I'm participating in the AffiloBlueprint program and have learned lots....so much so that I've implemented some of the suggestions into my gift site that is already doing quite well for me and is on the first page of Google for many search terms.
Here's my dilemma. Previously, my page names were underscored and capitalized e.g., John_Wayne.php. I've now made some SEO improvements to each page (there are about 200 pages) and have renamed them to john-wayne.php. If I delete the old versions of my pages, people won't be able to find my site when they click on the link in Google. If I leave both versions of the page on the server, Google won't list the new pages as they'll be seen as duplicate content.
Anybody have any suggesions on how I should handle this?