Is there any way to use a sitemap to indicate which part of a site represents current content and which part the 'archived' content?
Details on the issue I am trying to deal with, in case this is not the right approach:
I am helping a small non-profit convention optimise their site in the context of SEO. One of the things I am looking at is adopting a sitemap (
The way they organise their website is by having each convention year be a separate folder, rather than reusing the same paths:
So when a new year happens they simply clone the previous year and then update the assets and content for the current year. This means we end up with:
The challenge is that this leaves Google pointing to the previous year's path for a while, even after the content for the new year is live. I have suggested we break away from the year folder structure, but there is push back, since some are concerned that this would break old off site links.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.