Msg#: 3642026 posted 4:02 pm on May 5, 2008 (gmt 0)
How accurate is G Webmaster Tools info on redirects. I changed a bunch of part numbers, and set up 301 redirects to the new urls. Webmaster tools is telling me that I have a bunch of "empty redirects" and that they were "not followed."
Can someone please tell me if this is accurate or not? Cause if I run a header status check on any of these urls Google doesn't like, the tool shows that a proper 301 permanent redirect is implemented along with the redirected url.
[edited by: Robert_Charlton at 5:47 pm (utc) on May 5, 2008] [edit reason] removed specifics [/edit]
Reading up on this a little this may help in the solution to the problem. From some reads the problem is in your .htaccess file I searched and found some discussions on this so you may want to as well but the issue is in the .htaccess file somewere it is wrong and causing the issue.
I am betting Google is right and letting you know to find the issue.
Msg#: 3642026 posted 9:42 pm on May 8, 2008 (gmt 0)
The empty redirect message means:
1. the requested url is returning a 301 redirect status code in the server header 2. the server header does not include a line with the new "Location:" url for the requested content.
Note that the server header is not the same as the <head> section of the page's source code - they are two different critters altogether.
This means that writing a few lines containing a meta refresh into the page's <head> section is not the same as returning the new "Location:" in the server header. Because there's a 301 http status in the server header, your server will never give googlebot the original url's content - and that's where your script is writing the lines that contain the meta refresh.
Since you are using IIS, I would suggest discussing the technical details of a 301 redirect in our IIS forum [webmasterworld.com]. The specifics can vary depending on the version of IIS and whether you have admin level access.