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Our company site is dv-play.com and recently we do some change with idea to improve our google ranking. My question is connected with Spanish section of our site . We buy a dv-play.es and move it to the other server located in Spain. So I delete the Spanish folder in primary server dv-play.com and put on it’s place a page for redirection with mouse click. You can see it here:

http://dv-play.com/espanol/index.htm

For now I go on position that best will be – new site indexed as new via dv-play.es . But already 8 days this do not happen ..look that google do not index at all our new dv-play.es site. Do I need to do special action to invaite google to index our new site?

But I start asking myself is this best which I should do? I read about 301 redirection – may be it will be better? Or what would you do if you ware on my place? The goal is to get best possible google ranking, and in the same time many users will find a English section and when find that Spanish section is available will go on it so I want this link to be used for improve ranking too.

I’m afraid finally thinks to not goes worst. Here in Bulgaria there is saying – we do it to make it better, but it happen as always did (worst) .. help to not go on this position, please :-)
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Have you signed up for Google Sitemaps and uploaded new sitemaps so they will know about your pages?   http://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/
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Thank you for offer - probably will do it.

But this do answer on my question at all - which one of both possibility you will do on my place?
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I would do the sitemap first.  When you're on the Google Webmaster Tools, all those other questions can be looked up also.  But the sitemap is the fastest way for Google to know about your pages.
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You should create 301 redirects for all the pages you have moved. Google, other search engines and other website still refer to you old pages and have no clue what you did with them. The 301s will tell everyone where they have gone so they can fix up their indexes and links.

For multilingual sites I would try and have every page link to it's translations. This is best for your users and helps integrate the new pages into the web.

If you want to get a bit more advanced then you can add rel hreflang tags to the pages that specifically tell the search engines where the translations for the page exist.

And your link to the Spanish domain does not work.
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To tiggeito

Thanks for both answers! ooop - i have wrong link to the Spanish domain - thanks a lot! I fixed it.

301 redirect ... Let me ask, the old Spanish site has some rank in google, is have meaning to try to preserve it? I believe best will be to be indexed as new site - I'll do the Google SiteMap. What do you think?
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10x to both of your!
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Google may keep the ranking or may drop it. Try and hold on to as much of the ranking as possible.

Use a backlink checker like majestic SEO or SEOmoz's site explorer and find out who is already linking to the Spanish site.

If they are linking to pages that no linger exist, add 30 redirects to where you think they should go.
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