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Is it OK to keep the exact URL from my old site into my brand new site without redirecting? Those pages had a 404 while the site was under construction.

I really not sure what's the best way. I only had 5 pages in total on that site. The site's domain remains the same.

  • I assume you are saying that the previous 404 pages now have content? If so, search bots will continue to crawl your previous URLs, and assume the 404 was temporary. If a bot sees your redirect, it would also see that you now have content, so I don't see that there's much difference. – Trebor Jan 13 at 15:51
  • @Trebor "If a bot sees your redirect" - I don't think there is a redirect, or even needs to be a redirect (or even could be a redirect even if you wanted one), since the "site's domain remains the same". Same domain + same URL = same same. (?) – MrWhite Jan 14 at 1:29
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Thanks All for your help, Google Webmaster community answered my question. I only need to make the URL's paths similar to the old ones to preserve the rankings and avoid broken links and redirect the new generated ones if they where indexed.

  • Just "similar"? Presumably you mean "the same". – MrWhite Jan 14 at 13:27
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What you have asked is a bit unclear with respect of if the 404 errors were occurring on the new site (not great) or old site (irrelevant)

Long term thie latter should not be a major issue for your site, but short term it may reduce the number if pages Google returns and, I suspect, could lower the ranking (this is just an educated guess)

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    I think they mean that the 404s were occurring while they took the old site down and were still developing the new site. – Stephen Ostermiller Jan 13 at 19:58
  • Stephen Ostermiller, Correct mate that is what I was trying to say thanks. – Osh Jan 14 at 10:28

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