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Q: Linking on the google search engine. ( Answered,   0 Comments )
Subject: Linking on the google search engine.
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: pantry-ga
List Price: $2.00
Posted: 04 Sep 2002 14:27 PDT
Expires: 04 Oct 2002 14:27 PDT
Question ID: 61728
Dear Sir/Madam,
When we type into google - "yfcgold" - it brings up several options
the first and second of which are  Gold Coast Youth for Christ.  But
the next ones refer to older details that don't exist anymore and go
to old websites.  It's great to have them there but we need the links
directed to our new website.  How do we get that information changed?
Paul Whincop
Subject: Re: Linking on the google search engine.
Answered By: wengland-ga on 04 Sep 2002 18:34 PDT

Google cannot manually change your listed address at the exact time
you move to your new site. There are steps you can take to make sure
that your transition goes smoothly, however. Google listings are based
in part on our ability to find your site by following links from other
web pages. To preserve your ranking, you will want to inform any sites
that currently link to your pages of your change of address. As long
as the links change as you move your site over to a new location, your
PageRank should not be adversely affected.

If Google continues to list an 'old' version of your site (i.e. Google
continues to list despite the fact that your site
now lives at ) you need to update the links that are
pointing to the sites. Since the Google search robots jump from page
to page via hyperlinks, someone must still be linking to the defunct
page. Once others correct their links, Google can too.

One way to determine who is linking to the dead site is to try a link
search. You can find instructions on how to do this on our features
page. Please note that this process does not work for all of the sites
in the Google index.

Google finds sites through a process known as "crawling" the web. This
involves robot software that follows hyperlinks from site to site.
Google currently looks at more than 2 billion URL's during the crawl.
The process may take several weeks to complete.

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