Those pages are all indexed and rank well, so I want to be extra careful.
This is my current
/OLD_FOLDER/some-slug-1 /OLD_FOLDER/some-slug-2 /OLD_FOLDER/some-slug-3
I'm setting up
301 redirects, replacing
So, my new
sitemap.xml will become:
/NEW_FOLDER/some-slug-1 /NEW_FOLDER/some-slug-2 /NEW_FOLDER/some-slug-3
Here are my worries about doing that:
- What if Googlebot "sees" my new sitemap before it visits any old url? I.e: before it sees any of the
In this case, Googlebot will discover some "NEW" urls with the
NEW_FOLDER and might try to index those before it even sees the
301 redirects on the OLD urls. And I have no idea how it would behave in this scenario. Will Googlebot be "smart" enough to merge all the ranking signals from the OLD urls when later it sees the
If Googlebot "sees" the
301 redirects from the OLD urls before discovering the NEW urls, then I'm pretty sure everything will be fine.
What is the correct approach on this? Should I set the redirects and wait a couple of months before updating my Sitemap?