I use a simple .htaccess file to redirect visitors to a main page, keeping my optimized pages cloaked. With the increase in SE use of 'quality' of pages and time by visitors spent there, I was wondering if anyone has ideas on whether SE's can tell if visitors are being redirected at all, thereby spending no time at all on the actual page listed in the index and thus driving down rankings?
Redirection via .htaccess is all done internally, at the server, and is totally transparent to visitors, human or otherwise. I have several highly ranked pages using redirects, on several SEs, doesn't seem to be a problem.
The mod_rewrite module on Apache allows you to make redirects visible to visitors if desired but, if memory serves, one has to jump through some extra hoops to accomplish this.
linko: I wish I could give you a concise answer here, but I'm afraid it's a bit more involved than that. Fact is, we have an ongoing tutorial running in our fantomNews ezine and the current issue's first instalment covers just that question. So I hope Brett won't mind my posting the link here to set you going: http://fantomaster.com/fafnissue0003.html