lucy24 - 1:54 am on Aug 2, 2013 (gmt 0)
in my ".htaccess" file I have a few rules of this type:
... where the full requested URL is
Otherwise the pattern would never match in htaccess. Have you verified that the redirect works as intended when you request the page manually? Does bing also ask for the new URL?
Robots never completely stop asking for redirected pages. They just slow down.
The bingbot seems to behave quite differently from the googlebot when it comes to non-200 responses. I've got a slew of pages that have returned 410 for a year or more. Bing still asks for them regularly; Google never.
The bingbot also is far more likely to ask for pages with the "wrong" form of the domain name (with/without www). Maybe it's doing it on purpose to verify that the redirect is still in place.
Hm. A thought, there. Maybe it really doesn't care about the page at all. What it cares about is seeing that the redirect is in place, meaning that the site is properly maintained.