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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 Google has already indexed the site that we're going to replace, but the links that google indexed are no longer applicable, because the new site has a totally new routing scheme.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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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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You should also map older URLs to new ones using 301 redirects.

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Very important. Must use 301 redirects. In my experience, Google will keep trying to index the old site's URL for months or even years unless directed to another valid page. –  Rincewind42 Aug 10 '11 at 4:29
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Another option not yet mentioned is to increase Googlebot's crawl speed through Google Webmaster Tools. This will get your pages indexed more quickly - though of course it won't make the pages rank better.

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