Does breaking internal links affect your rankings?

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I want to change my website but do not want it to affect my rankings. I have 28 pages linking in a silo structure (or thats what I tried to do anyways). I am linking to the pages above and below but through the content which I want to change. Can I break the links then re create them all at the bottom of my page without it affecting my rankings. I was gonna do something like this at the bottom of my page for internal links:

page1|page2|page3|page4
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  • Profile picture of the author dadamson
    Originally Posted by bigballin6161 View Post

    I want to change my website but do not want it to affect my rankings. I have 28 pages linking in a silo structure (or thats what I tried to do anyways). I am linking to the pages above and below but through the content which I want to change. Can I break the links then re create them all at the bottom of my page without it affecting my rankings. I was gonna do something like this at the bottom of my page for internal links:

    page1|page2|page3|page4
    As long as the bots don't crawl your site while the links aren't there you will be fine.

    I would do everything in the backend without changing the site and then reupload the structure so the links are never actually broken and you have a smooth transition.
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    • Profile picture of the author FatterMike
      Originally Posted by dadamson View Post

      As long as the bots don't crawl your site while the links aren't there you will be fine.

      I would do everything in the backend without changing the site and then reupload the structure so the links are never actually broken and you have a smooth transition.
      This is a nice solution
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  • Profile picture of the author bigballin6161
    You mean change it all first before publishing it?
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  • Profile picture of the author mad.hat
    You are best off just making all of your changes offline and then uploading all the files. You don't want to have your site live and search engines crawling your broken links.
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  • Profile picture of the author bigballin6161
    How do you do that?
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  • Profile picture of the author hurn
    Download you site and make necessary changes then upload to the hosting.
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  • Profile picture of the author bigballin6161
    Now I am confused...how do you do that?
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    • Profile picture of the author dadamson
      Originally Posted by bigballin6161 View Post

      Now I am confused...how do you do that?
      Are you using Wordpress?

      If so, it will be a little more complicated to copy the necessary files from the server and manually edit them.

      Just edit your pages in the WP dashboard and click "Preview" instead of "Publish"

      Only publish when all the links actually go somewhere
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  • Profile picture of the author bigballin6161
    Thanks for clearing that up man! I was starting to stress out!
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  • Profile picture of the author dadamson
    No probs.

    Just let me know if you have any issues with it
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