Problem with broken links after moving site to Yola

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I have recently recreated my old website that was hosted elsewhere using Yola. I have my domain DNS records pointing to Yola, so that all works ok. Problem is my old address is publicised places as http://www.officehounds.co.uk/tweetup... but it is now actually http://www.officehounds.co.uk/tweetup... All of these links are broken. Is there anyway I can fix this without having to update all of my publicised links?
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Maggie Langley

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Richard Scott

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Hi,

I opened your link and found the address was
http://www.officehounds.co.uk/tweetup...
I removed the .htm bit just leaving it as http://www.officehounds.co.uk/tweetup... and all seemed to work fine.

This seem a bit obverses so I guess I have misunderstood your question, have I?

Richard
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Maggie Langley

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Hi Richard
Thank you for taking the time to look into this and reply. I may not have explained my question very well. You are correct that removing .htm does solve the problem, but Google has indexed my pages ending in .htm Also, external websites have linked back to my site using the links ending with .htm These links are all broken. Please visit http://www.kentbusinessradio.co.uk/sh... The second link on that page is a backlink to www.officehounds.co.uk/tweetup.htm

I have too many backlinks to be able to request that people remove the .htm from the address. I wondered if there is a trick to get around this. I have read something about a 301 Redirect using htaccess, but I'm not sure where to put the code on the Yola template. (And I've never tried this before. Maybe a little out of my depth!)
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Hi Maggie,

From what I understand, you have publicised the incorrect website address (http://www.officehounds.co.uk/tweetup...) for your website, which is actually http://www.officehounds.co.uk/tweetup...?

Depending on where you have advertised your site, you may need to contact those site owners and ask them to edit the website address you provided and change it to: http://www.officehounds.co.uk/tweetup....

Unfortunately there is no way to get the page http://www.officehounds.co.uk/tweetup... to work, as it is an invalid website address.

I'm sorry I can't give you better news.

- Justine
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Maggie Langley

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Hi Justine - thanks for your help. The frustrating thing is that I didn't publicise those links incorrectly. I used to have my website & domain hosted with Webs. I redesigned my site with Yola, keeping the same site navigation & links. I transferred my domain this morning and have discovered now that all of my backlinks are going to be broken because of this htm php thing.

Do you think I would be able to try using a Redirect 301 code?
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Can I put some code like this in?

deny from all

Options Indexes
Redirect permanent http://www.officehounds.co.uk/tweetup... http://www.officehounds.co.uk/tweetup
order deny,allow
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i found this: http://www.webconfs.com/how-to-redire...

Do you still have access to the root directory of your old website?
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Sorry, it cut out some of the code. . .
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I guess you did give me my answer. It's just hard to accept that I'm going to lose all of those lovely backlinks! I appreciate the help, though.
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Do you still have access to the root directory of your old website?

i am sure it can be done...so no giving up...well not yet anyway ;-)
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Hi Richard - I do still have access to my old website, and I think I can access the root directory! I am investigating this now.

Thanks for the encouragement!
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I found this:

One of the most requested items we get is "How do I make an html redirect page".

Strangely enough this is one of the easiest things to accomplish, but then anything is easy when you know how to do it!

Here's the code:

<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN">

Your Page Title

Optional page text here.

Code Description:

is the part that actually does the redirecting.

The number preceding the url (in this case zero) tells the browser the number of seconds to wait before redirecting to the new url.

You could set this to 5 and add some optional text to your page - something like:

"Please wait while we redirect you to our new site".

That's it! Just copy the code, save it (i.e. save as index.html) and your html redirect will work perfectly.

* You may also want to add “Please remember to update your link to the new site”

Richard

EDIT link http://www.instant-web-site-tools.com...
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Well, I think I have uploaded some redirect code as a .txt file to my root directory. My old website host said it could take 48 hours to work. So, I'll have to be patient.

Thanks to everyone who has helped me. I'm sure I'll be back in 48 hours, if this code didn't work!
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Hello Maggie,
Sounds like you are on the right track with this. Putting in a redirect code for your old URLs to the new ones will help with people who click on old links being redirected to the proper place.

When it comes to what is listed in the search engine results pages, once Google spiders the old domain name as well as the new domain name and sees that one does not have content any longer, it will remove the old URLs and information and replace it with the new. This can take some time, and I would suggest that the best thing to do right now would be to verify your new domain with Google Webmaster and submit a sitemap, here is a link to a tutorial with more information on how to do this: Google Webmaster Tutorial.

I hope that the above information will be helpful!

Kind Regards,
Emmy
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Hello Emmy
I have made sure that the sitemap is added to Google Webmaster, so that's done. I have tried redirecting a couple of different ways, but I can't seem to get anything to work!

Admittedly, I am probably doing something wrong.

1. I recreated an old site (with the same page titles/organisation) in Yola
2. I transferred my domain to a new company.
3. I managed the DNS, so it would go to my new Yola site for www.officehounds.co.uk
4. All of my old pages that I have backlinks to end in htm
http://www.officehounds.tweetup.htm
5. Here's my new Yola link http://www.officehounds.tweetup
6. I have some good backlinks to http://www.officehounds.tweetup.htm that I don't want to lose, but now these links are broken because of the .htm
7. I tried to add a htaccess file to the file directory in Yola using some of the code, but this didn't work.

The code that I'm finding just doesn't seem to do anything. Any kind, patient and brave people out there still willing to help me? I'd be very grateful.
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I found this reply in another post from Yola - It seems that you have the 301 permanent redirect set up in the background. Is there anyway that someone from Yola could add my list of permanent redirects to this same place?

"Emmy, Official Rep, replied 10 months ago
Hello Will,

There is a 301 permanent redirect in place for your domain names, this is how all domains with Yola are set up.

www.a-class-driving.com is your primary domain and there is a 301 redirect in place for a-class-driving.com and a-class-driving.synthasite.com which goes to your primary domain.

You can see how this redirect functions when you go to any of these domains and they immediately take you to the primary domain www.a-class-driving.com.

This might just possibly be a warning in general, but there definitely is one of these in place currently.

Hope that helps!

Emmy"
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Hi Maggie,
What you are seeing there is us being able to add in a 301 redirect because we are the managers of the domain records. The redirects need to be set up by the domain manager, meaning because we manage the records for a-class-driving.com we are able to put in a 301 redirect for the www, non www and .synthasite.com subdomain to all resolve to the same place. It is in principle what you would like to do with your old pages and your new ones, I just am not sure if this is something we are able to help with, I am going to look into it though.

Emmy
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Hi Maggie,
I spoke with an engineer about this and unfortunately we are not able to make any changes to domain settings to put in a 301 redirect from one page name to another. I'm sorry we are not able to be of more assistance with that on this end.

Emmy
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I have same problem today and i see many broken links, i dont understand this SEO scan, the broken link is the affiliate link that i receive from my affiliate account.
www.kazino-portal.com is my site.
Thank you
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Hello kazinoportal

Thank you for pointing this out to us. I've tested the links which your SEO scan identifies as broken, and they all work for me, too. It may be related to the fact that they are all https URLs, but to find out for sure, I've brought this to our engineers' attention. Once I've got their reply, I'll be able to assist you further with your request. I'll update you on this thread as soon as possible.
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Hi thank you for your reply, Yes the links are https....i just wanted to know how can this be done so the SEO would not call like a mistake. Thank you again
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Hello kazinoportal

I'm terribly sorry for following up with you on this so much later. Are you still experiencing this problem? Please do let me know if the problem persists, and I'll make sure to pursue this further - and more quickly. Thanks.