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It’s best to eliminate duplicate website content

Consumed => “Six Easy Ways to Eliminate Pesky Duplicate Content” by Stoney deGeyter on Search Engine Guide.

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Good stuff. In other words, listen to mum and don’t be messy :)  I think you also indirectly make a pretty strong argument for using a CMS.

Now help me out here a bit (because I’ve honestly never done what I’m about to propose, and as a matter of fact, I just thought of it). (1) Let’s presume for a minute most if not all the older pages still have their (Google) Analytics snippet installed. (2) Let’s also presume that the URL structure of the new site can be differentiated (via regular expression)  from the older site(s).

If both of these presumptions are true you can then use filter(s) to strip out all the new traffic, and thus pin point which of the old files are still drawing traffic. (Note: In theory filters might not be necessary. I just think it might be easier to get rid of the new hay and leave the old needles, eh?) Since traffic could be from Digg, another blog, etc.and not necessarily (organic) search this approach would actually be a more thorough solution, I think? You could then either try to contact the referring sites, or just set up redirects to handle the older traffic.

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