Long time since I've been here but I wanted to run a technical question pass a few of you guys and get your opinion.
I have had two sites for over 6 years when I took them over they were mirror sites and of course one of them had never shown up in the serps. The other has enjoyed great rankings for years and still continues to do well. As I have learned more and had the time I started placing unique content into both sites making them more and more different. The reason for two sites in the first place is because they are real estate sites and we cover 5 counties in two states.
So the long and short of it is now the SERPS are liking my Georgia Site and it too is climbing into number one spots First Place Rankings: 17 this week with 96 in the Top 10:
So here is my question I have always listed and built pages for both my NC and Ga listings in both sites. What I would like to do is start having the listing pages just on the State site that the property is in. In other words if the listing is in Hiawassee Georgia then the pages will be found on the Georgia site and on the North Carolina site I would have my pricing page with a thumbnail photo and description but when someone clicks on the link to get to the detail page it would take them to my Georgia site. Thus making the sites even more unique of themselves but it would be increasing the cross links to both sites back and forth tremendously maybe by about 30 to 60 cross links per site. Which could climb to over 100 or more cross links each.
Here is an example I have already done scroll to the second listing
A True Mountain Experience
For now I still have a "Hayesville North Carolina" page on my Georgia site which is identical to the one on the NC site. I want to delete the towns off the opposite states sites and cross link those too.
So here is my question. Is that going to help or hurt my sites?
The way I see it, is that it is the right way to do it not only ending any duplication but orginizing everything by the state..... but will the SE's see it that way? Another concernis confusing my clients as they go back and forth into two sites. Plus I'm still torn if it's best to open these links in a new window or not.
Anybody make any since out of my gibberish? Any advice or should I just count my blessings and just add more community pages to each site and not do too much cross links. How many are too many?
Thanks in advance Sward