Advice on URL structure before we get burnt again
As to the noindex part, I noticed they are search results and thus may have duplicate material in them.
Also, look at if the old page you are redirecting actually have any back-links or are getting traffic. If not, then I would say you can get rid of them.
If they do, then you can use a redirect. You may also want to contact the people with any good backlinks there and tell them of the change if you are just going to drop the page.
Just looked at the backlinks for http://www.rightboat.com/ and I can say right now that it looks spammy. That is just the top 100 results. You have over 7k of them according to Backlink Watch, so probably more in reality
1. Google has long been able to crawl and read through query strings. Impact on humans may be negligible.
2. For many reasons it is better not to 301 redirect if you have a choice not to redirect. It's not like choosing red or blue and has repercussions.
3. Why are indexing your search results pages?
4. Putting keywords into your URLs isn't going to magically boost you up in the rankings. I'd carefully consider changing your URLs because of the issue of redirects, the fact that a strong backlink profile might be affected (even though minimal in theory) and that alistair's statement that you should see a return is not guaranteed, just probable - or so we believe.
I see 22,000 boats for sale. Lots of incredibly thin pages. No dates when these went up. Is much of this content yours or are your users posting ads on multiple sites? I'd say your gains from changing URL structure is not the most impacting.
1 - Thin Content
2 - What does it mean to go to another website? Where is this content from?
3 - Duplicate content all over the web: https://www.google.com/search?q=%22please+visit+the+bhg+marine+web+site+for+more+details%22
Any 301 redirect information can be found here - but please no follow up questions on this topic here. Matt is considering a 301 redirect, not yet ready to implement.
301 redirects - https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/93633?hl=en
Webado General 301 Redirection on Apache server - https://sites.google.com/site/onlyvalidation/page/general-301-redirection-on-apache-server
1) As mentioned above, we are aware we have thin pages, there is nothing we can do about that, it is up to the seller to put up as good a listing as possible, however some feel that they would get more enquires by just posting a teaser.
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