I have a website that is splitting into two. For the sake of easily describing the what and why, let's say I run a classifieds site and I want to move all the adult content to its own domain. (very far from the actual situation)
What I think is best for my users is if I do the following:
For the first 60 days:
- All of the adult sub-urls load and show a "Moved to
adultclassifieds.com, this URL will be disabled in 60 days" message with a link to the new location and no other content. Throw in a
rel="canonical"in case Googlebot finds the page anyways.
- When Googlebot loads an adult sub-URL, they get a 301 redirect to the new site.
After 60 days:
- All traffic gets a 301 to the new site
Has anyone tried this, or heard of this? I want to make the transition as smooth as possible for the users, but I also don't want mess up the SEO rankings.