I’m working on a refreshed website for Central Bedfordshire Council.
This will mean a new structure, new URLs etc. I want to void any pitfalls along the way so these are the steps I am going to take.
Create a site map and submit this via the Google Search Console.
Fetch as Google
I will use this tool in the Search Console to index top 500 pages on the website. This looks like a manual process – unless I am missing something?
Tests from today show that it takes <2 minutes for Google to recognise a new URL once I submit this.
Redirect key URLs
The new website will be on the same domain using the same CMS, which means I can manually redirect the top 200 URLs to the new URL. This accounts for 85% of our traffic.
If I redirect key URLs then in theory I should go ahead and remove these from the Google search results to allow the new pages to push through via submitting the Site Map and Fetch as Google. I’m slightly hesitant as if (for some reason) these steps don’t work, we could temporarily disappear from the Google search results.
I’d like to hear your feedback on any other steps you would take, or advice on which order to take the steps I have described above.