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Are redirects bad as far as Google is concerned?

How are redirects treated by Google

     
1:13 am on Apr 29, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Hi all,

A client of mine has one main site, and also owns a number of sub-brands, all of which have their own url.

They have asked us to re-direct all traffic to these subordinate urls to the main site. I am wondering if Google treats these redirects badly .. Will the page rank of the main site suffer because their will now be an inordinate amount of sites with no content on them, that simply redirect to the main website

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2:46 pm on Apr 29, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Use 301 permanent redirects [google.com].

>>Will the page rank of the main site suffer

No, quite the opposite.

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>No, quite the opposite.

Uhm.. How can this redirect impove the page rank of the main site?

4:10 pm on Apr 29, 2004 (gmt 0)

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>>Uhm.. How can this redirect impove the page rank of the main site?

Personally, I've always received 'fast credit'. It's still a good idea to contact your backlinks on the other domains to let them know you've 'moved'.

WebGuerrilla's MSG#5:
[webmasterworld.com...]

GoogleGuy:
[webmasterworld.com...]

4:13 pm on Apr 29, 2004 (gmt 0)

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If the pages have truly gone away, then a permanent redirect (a 301) is appropriate. When redirects can cause trouble is when you show one page to the search engine, and then when a user visits that page they get redirected to a completely different page. That's my definition for a sneaky redirect. But if pages are going away, it's perfectly normal to put a permanent redirect in place so that users and search engine spiders alike go to the replacement page.
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What if I want my index page to start at a different page instead of index.html?

If I want to start it in [abc.com...]

instead of [abc.com...]

as I am still building my index.html page...

what should I do?

Meta Refresh?

4:35 pm on Apr 29, 2004 (gmt 0)

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We are also considering something similar, and I am curious what the outcome will be. We've killed off about 20 domains, and would like to implement 301 redirects from these dead domains to a main domain.

So, there shouldn't be a problem?