---- 301 redirects - Best practice for high traffic URLs?
shaunm - 7:18 am on Oct 10, 2012 (gmt 0)
@aakk9999 Thanks! Could you please tell me what you meant by type-in traffic? Is that direct traffic from browsers?
Internally link to the new page.
Oh you saved my life, now what would happen if I don't? Do you say that I need to replace the OLD URLs with NEW URLs? I am confused, why should I do that? When there is a redirect already in place, and when a visitors or SE bot visits that URL, won't they get the NEW URL even if I don't change the internal links?
And make sure the redirect from the old to the new URL is in one hit (no chain redirects).
It happens so often with my website where there are more than 5L pages. What would be the impact of having chain redirects? Could you please show me some light on this topic from your personal experience? I would very much appreciate. Thanks again
@tedster Thank you Ted,
Yes! And changing the existing internal links is one that many sites forget - don't. Laeving those in-content links to old URLs seems to shave a decent amount off your rankings.
And yes I forgot as well :) Again, could you please tell me what happens if I leave them in the content? If my understanding is wrong, please correct me.
Say I have an OLD URL named 'A' and redirecting it to NEW URL 'B' and the OLD URL is used in the content of the PAGE/URL 'C'
When a visitor visits the page and click on the in-content link to the OLD URL, they are redirected to the NEW URL? A search engine bot visits that page for links during the crawling process and when It gets that in-content link, it automatically stores the NEW URL in it's database as there is already a redirect in place.
@setzer Thank you so much for answering on my post :) Yes I don't like it either, but the change is inevitable.
@lucy24 Thank you! This time I didn't get a complicated answer from you lol. Oh wait, I think not :(
What is the difference between rewrite and redirect? We usually perform the 301 redirects in the .config file. Isn't it rewrite already?
@g1smd Thank you! Could you please tell me how long would it take to get back the same visits and downloads?
@All, I said that we are redirecting the OLD URLs to NEW URLs. The NEW URLs are also URLs which are already well established and there for a long time.
Now when I redirect the OLD URLs to the NEW URLs, the OLD one would be removed from Google's search index and I will be only getting the traffic from the NEW URL right?
So the traffic from SEARCH is going to reduce badly?
2URLs - Visits - Downloads - HIGH 1 URL - Visits - Downloads - Less
Thank you all again for taking your time to answer on my post.