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[edited by: tedster at 1:37 am (utc) on Jun 30, 2010]
We've had several discussions here regarding the use of meta refresh when 301s were not possible because there was no access to the .htaccess file.
directive. You need two lines of code; one to specify the 301 response, the other for the redirected URL. The URL part must include both the protocol and domain name. For root and for folders do NOT include the index file filename in the URL.
An instant (0 seconds) meta refresh worked like a 302 redirect; a 5 second delay worked like a 301 redirect.
Or was this an SEO test that determined GOOG treated it he same way they treat a page delivered with a true 302 header?
Page A, 0 seconds meta refresh to Page B.
Page B's content indexed under Page A's url. Page A content not indexed, Page B url not indexed.
Page C, 5 seconds meta refresh to Page D.
Page C content/url not indexed. Page D content and url indexed.
It was, I set up the test
That's nonsense, if it works best for my visitors that's what I'll use and I strongly suggest right back at you google that you fix your end to deal with it. If you penalize me for doing what I think is best for my visitors then it reflects poorly upon you, not me.