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How to Prevent 302 Redirects from Replacing My URLs?

PHP links from other sites.

   
8:53 pm on Feb 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

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How do I stop sites using redirecting PHP webpages from stealing my content?
How do I prevent my content being stolen like this now and in the future?

- All of these PHP links return a HTTP status code of 302.
- All of these PHP links redirect back to my website.
- All of these PHP links are listed by Google while doing a site-specific keyword search for MY website.

8:14 pm on Feb 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Short of Google fixing the problem, all you can do is email the web sites and try to get them to either link directly to you rather than with a redirect, or to use a 301 instead.

Probably a lot of these guys don't even know the problem with using 302's. For years, I've used response.redirect in asp code (which uses a 302) to manage resource links and blog links in a number of sites, and I didn't know it was an issue until last week!

Also... your content isn't being stolen. When someone clicks the link in google, your site is still getting the traffic, it's just going through someone else's redirect first. The problem is that site could change their code at any time to point to their site instead, thereby stealing some of your rightful traffic for a short time (until googlebot indexes again). But like I said, a lot of these are *not* malicious intent, it's just an easy way to link to you, and they don't know that it creates a problem in Google.