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Google's "Voting" Algo - do redirects count?



5:23 pm on Jan 3, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I have a page on my site, mypage.php - this site uses PHP to redirect to another site, yoursite.com.

header('Location: http://www.example.com/');

Does google count this as a "vote" (e.g. the same as putting <a href="http://www.example.com/">Your Site</a>)

or is it ignored?

[edited by: encyclo at 3:33 am (utc) on Jan. 4, 2007]
[edit reason] switched to example.com [/edit]


12:45 am on Jan 5, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Educated guess -- no. Redirects are not links, and it takes Google an extra step of calculation (often with a delay of weeks) to pass PR and backlink influence through a 301 redirect to a new target url.

I've always taken the Page Rank paper at face value -- a link is a link. That is, a link is an html anchor tag (not sure about a link element right now). Not a redirect, not a src attribute, not a meta refresh target url. Just an anchor tag href attribute.


1:51 am on Jan 5, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Thank you very much for your input, guess or not, it's nice to be responded to.

[edited by: tedster at 2:10 am (utc) on Jan. 5, 2007]


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