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.htaccess/page redirect affect on SE rankings



6:00 pm on Apr 19, 2000 (gmt 0)

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I use a simple .htaccess file to redirect visitors to a main page, keeping my optimized pages cloaked. With the increase in SE use of 'quality' of pages and time by visitors spent there, I was wondering if anyone has ideas on whether SE's can tell if visitors are being redirected at all, thereby spending no time at all on the actual page listed in the index and thus driving down rankings?

Appreciate the input from those in the know....


9:58 pm on Apr 19, 2000 (gmt 0)

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i have often wondered the same thing...

we have peen using .phtml pages with a php server side redirect...

we have not seen very good results with php...

could you send me a sample of the htaccess you have used and i would be more than happy to send my php idea to your email...


3:13 am on Apr 20, 2000 (gmt 0)

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Redirection via .htaccess is all done internally, at the server, and is totally transparent to visitors, human or otherwise. I have several highly ranked pages using redirects, on several SEs, doesn't seem to be a problem.

The mod_rewrite module on Apache allows you to make redirects visible to visitors if desired but, if memory serves, one has to jump through some extra hoops to accomplish this.

A little intro is at [bignosebird.com...]
More info at [engelschall.com...]
And the Apache docs are at [apache.org...]


3:51 pm on Apr 21, 2000 (gmt 0)

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Is there a way to check to see if my server mod_rewrite module is enabled and see how it is set?

we are on leased space along withy some 80 or so other webs..


9:53 pm on Apr 21, 2000 (gmt 0)

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linko: I wish I could give you a concise answer here,
but I'm afraid it's a bit more involved than that.
Fact is, we have an ongoing tutorial running in our
fantomNews ezine and the current issue's first
instalment covers just that question.
So I hope Brett won't mind my posting the link here to set you going: