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Things to do before switching off the old content

  • create a list of the main content and structural change: these pages will be most likely affected by temporary down-ranking and require specific monitoring 
  • ensure that a consistent and granular redirect strategy has been developed
    • particular care has to be taken when mapping sections that have undergone a structural change
  • to help search engines locating the new content, ensure that the sitemap is up as soon as the content is published under /info
    • if necessary, resubmit the sitemap to Google or other search engines

Things to do after the content has been switched off

  • check that all pages are indexable (robots metatag should be set to follow, index)
  • check sample-wise that the redirect is working on Google
    • any redirect that is not working must be fixed as a priority (before Google updates its index) 
  • monitor constantly with Google Search Console the visitors and query situation for at least four weeks
    • a slight and temporary down-ranking has to be expected in case of content variation, introduction of new landing and navigation pages

Contact and support

If you require further assistance, please contact:

Comm Europa Management

European Commission
DG Communication 
Unit B.3 
Europa Web Communication 

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