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I am considering an AB Test but Iím afraid of negative SEO repercussions

8:05 pm on Mar 26, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I am redesigning my site and planning to do AB Testing before launching the new design, but I am afraid of how the search engines will perceive my AB test. Specifically, I am afraid that they may consider my test to be a "sneaky redirect" or cloaking. Below is the process I am planning to use. Does anyone know how this will be perceived by the search engines?

- A percentage of incoming traffic will be 302 redirected to a beta site, "beta.widgets.com" (our primary domain = "www.widgets.com")

- Identified bots/crawlers will not be redirected

- All "beta.widgets.com" pages will be blocked from indexing via Robots.txt

- "widgets.com" will continue to live untouched during the beta testing

Any other advice on SEO and AB Testing? Is there a safer way to AB Test?

9:49 pm on Mar 28, 2007 (gmt 0)

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