Teachers and homeschooling parents sometimes like to highlight student work on a website. One absolutely free website option that can be individually authored or co-authored by two or more people is Google Sites. Here’s the link:
Let’s imagine that this website is so successful that you wish to purchase your own dot com domain and webhosting. You plan to copy over all the webpages you have created thus far on your Google Sites website plus add additional pages in the future.
Since you will suddenly have duplicate content on the web, Google might penalize or lower your SEO (search engine optimization) status. Google Sites does not give you access to do a 301 redirect; however, they do have a process where you can create an URL redirect that is much easier and perhaps even faster.
Three reasons why you might want to do an URL redirect
1. Since you are phasing out your Google Sites webpage, you don’t want to lose your current fan base. People might already have ‘favorited’ one or more of your webpages. They might have posted one or more of these pages on Pinterest, RebelMouse, Facebook, Twitter, or one of the other social networks. They will be very frustrated if they suddenly discover that webpage no longer exists. By utilizing the URL redirect process as explained in the slideshow, when they visit your webpage(s) on Google Sites, they will quickly be redirected to your new dot com domain webpage without them even having to click a link.
2. Your current Google Sites webpage might already have achieved a pretty high SEO status (search engine optimization). When people put in a search term on Google, Bing, or Yahoo, your webpage might already appear pretty high up on the first page. Since you don’t want to have to start from scratch, by creating an URL redirect, people will automatically be redirected to the new and improved dot com domain webpage. That way, your SEO ranking will remain the same or possibly go even higher.
3. An URL redirect of duplicate content is important as you don’t want Google to accidentally accuse you of plagiarizing or stealing content that they might not know is from the same author or set of authors: you or you and your students.
For purposes of this article
To help illustrate the process, you will see how the author created an URL redirect from a family history webpage from the genealogy section on her Google Sites website called ‘Deb’s Eclectics’ to her relatively new dot com domain website called ‘Research (your) Family Tree’.
By the way, the author utilizes Deb’s Eclectics to post links to many of her Examiner.com articles for her three channels: K-8 Classroom Activities, School Conflict Resolution, and Women’s Health.
In case you are curious, here are the links to both sites:
- See Category #12 on Deb’s Eclectics on Google Sites
- New dot com domain called Research Family tree.com
Watch the slideshow for a complete illustrated explanation of how to do an URL redirect from your already created Google Sites webpage to your new dot com domain webpage. Here is an overview of what you will see:
- Slide 1: Open up the individual Google Sites webpage you wish to redirect to a dot com domain webpage
- Slide 2: Step-by-step process to give your individual Google Site webpage a description
- Slide 3: How to find the Goggle Gadget known as the ‘URL REDIRECTOR MODIFIED’
- Slide 4: Paste in your dot com domain name webpage plus the number of desired seconds for the redirect
- Slide 5: Google Gadget called ‘URL Redirector Modified’
- Slide 6: What happens once the URL Redirector Modified gadget has been saved
- Slide 7: Repeat the outlined steps for each and every Google Site webpage you wish to have redirected
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