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It looks like you answered most of this for yourself. It depends how often the page is crawled, which depends on its popularity (mostly). The next biggest factor that may cause problems with crawlers is page depth / click depth. Make sure the pages you want "fresh" can be navigated to within a few clicks from home. But I don't think it'll ever be ...


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Yes. When you choose to permanently redirect a page / url (which a 301 is): you should try to replace the existing links to the original destination as soon as possible. Some reasons: user and crawler friendliness (less redirect is faster) prevent others to link to the old destination in the future prevent 404 error's in your redirect solution malfunctions ...


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You should update your sitemap with the new URLs immediately. Google uses XML sitemaps as one of the ways to determine which URLs you prefer. When you have old redirecting URLs in your sitemap, it sends mixed messages to Googlebot. It isn't a problem for Googlebot to crawl the new URLs before it finds the redirects. When Googlebot find new URLs, it does ...


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