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8 simple 301 redirects not working

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[eluser]charlie spider[/eluser]
Using the router would technically work (and would be really easy) but then where would the SEO friendly redirect be???

If you have a page like http://www.somedomain.com/old_page that ranks well on Google, and you update the site and change the url structure to http://www.somedomain.com/new_page, then the ONLY way to maintain your Page Rank when redirecting old incoming links to the new page is to use a 301 redirect.

That's the whole point of a 301 redirect. To tell the search engines "This page has permanently moved, so please transfer all data you have for the old url to this new url".

As well, even if the page didn't have any Page Rank before, Google frowns upon what they refer to as "URL manipulation", which is basically any kind of redirect that isn't a 301 redirect. Since they base Page Rank partially on the keywords contained within a url, they don't like it when the url changes and they are not notified why. No one knows for sure but some say that Google penalizes sites for URL manipulation.

To see this from their perspective and imagine this in it's worst form, pretend you do a search for "best php framework", and find a site called http://www.best-php-framework.com but when you click on the link, the site uses the CI router, or a php script, or whatever other hidden method and redirects you to http://www.buy-v-i-a-g-r-a-online.com.

That's an extreme example, but it's basically the same thing as me using the CI router, or a script, or whatever other hidden method to redirect http://www.coachhouse.info/rates.htm to http://www.coachhouse.info/rates-and-info.

But more than anything, I need to maintain any existing Page Rank. If you are redoing sites for people and NOT using 301 redirects for their old links, then you are a bad developer. Flat out. What's the point of having a great new site that plummets on Google immediately after launch? For some (very few) clients, Google doesn't matter, but for most, their Google Page Rank is important if not everything. I know of a web design company in Vancouver that got sued because the new website they built for a business caused their Google traffic to cut in half.

So it has to be a 301 redirect of some sort.


Messages In This Thread
8 simple 301 redirects not working - by El Forum - 06-01-2010, 01:29 AM
8 simple 301 redirects not working - by El Forum - 06-01-2010, 01:51 AM
8 simple 301 redirects not working - by El Forum - 06-01-2010, 02:08 AM
8 simple 301 redirects not working - by El Forum - 06-01-2010, 02:16 AM
8 simple 301 redirects not working - by El Forum - 06-01-2010, 03:01 AM
8 simple 301 redirects not working - by El Forum - 06-01-2010, 01:21 PM
8 simple 301 redirects not working - by El Forum - 06-01-2010, 01:56 PM
8 simple 301 redirects not working - by El Forum - 06-01-2010, 01:59 PM
8 simple 301 redirects not working - by El Forum - 06-01-2010, 02:25 PM
8 simple 301 redirects not working - by El Forum - 06-01-2010, 02:35 PM
8 simple 301 redirects not working - by El Forum - 06-01-2010, 02:53 PM
8 simple 301 redirects not working - by El Forum - 06-01-2010, 03:16 PM
8 simple 301 redirects not working - by El Forum - 06-01-2010, 03:51 PM
8 simple 301 redirects not working - by El Forum - 06-01-2010, 05:42 PM
8 simple 301 redirects not working - by El Forum - 06-01-2010, 10:53 PM
8 simple 301 redirects not working - by El Forum - 06-02-2010, 07:19 AM

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