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I'm working with an SEO consultant that is recommending basename/URL reuse. The idea is that Google recognizes a given URL as high value and that URL will maintain value over time if the content is fresh. I'd like to know if this is a valid SEO strategy.

So, we'll start with an article under:

http://example.com/some-search-term

Then, a couple of weeks later we'll "move" the content:

http://example.com/some-search-term becomes
http://example.com/12345

and a new article is published under:

http://example.com/some-search-term

Does this scheme make sense? It seems to break a lot of the assumptions about URLs, for end users (bookmarks break) and third party sites (Facebook like counts point to the wrong content).

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The worst SEO strategy that i have heard.. Google is just another foolish head. Especially when the hummingbird updates are coming you blog is going to suffer.. –  Anz Joy Oct 1 '13 at 14:07
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If you move the content that was indexed under: http://example.com/some-search-term to: http://example.com/12345, in attempt to maintain the same value, you'd have to do a 301 redirect to let Google know that it moved.

If you don't, then the next time Google indexes http://example.com/some-search-term, it will find the new content there and evaluate it accordingly, and it will index and evaluate http://example.com/12345 as a new page.

If you continually redirect a URL elsewhere, you'll also run into issues with caching - see this for more on that: 301 Redirects: The Horror That Cannot Be Uncached

As you might suspect, this seems to be an attempt at SEO manipulation, which Google spends a lot of time trying to circumvent. Generally if it impacts users, it's not a good SEO strategy either.

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