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Is it possible to 'trigger' indexing on a site?

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We're launching a redeveloped site soon. Google has already indexed the site that we're going to replace, but the links that google indexed are no longer applicable, because the new site has a totally new routing scheme. We have new sitemaps for the new site. Is it possible to get google to re-index the new site, or do we have to wait until it gets around to it?

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Because you've created a sitemap you can register with Google webmaster tools if you haven't already, and then submit it. (Site configuration -> sitemaps.) This doesn't guarantee anything, but increases your chances.

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You should also map older URLs to new ones using 301 redirects.


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Is it possible to 'trigger' indexing on a site?

up vote 14 down vote

We're launching a redeveloped site soon. Google has already indexed the site that we're going to replace, but the links that google indexed are no longer applicable, because the new site has a totally new routing scheme. We have new sitemaps for the new site. Is it possible to get google to re-index the new site, or do we have to wait until it gets around to it?


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Because you've created a sitemap you can register with Google webmaster tools if you haven't already, and then submit it. (Site configuration -> sitemaps.) This doesn't guarantee anything, but increases your chances.

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Just this past week, the Webmaster Tools blog also announced a couple new/improved ways to submit URLs. Same no guarantees caveat as above, of course. - Su' Aug 9 '11 at 15:21

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