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Are 302's re-directs a problem for Google?

10:48 pm on Feb 8, 2013 (gmt 0)

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One of my main websites has been hit hard by the google updates since April 2012. I've been trying to fix all problems since (this is a 9 year old site which has always ranked highly and is top in its field. The domain is an exact match and I was guilty of some article marketing but who wasn't doing that?

In any case I've been checking my backlinks with ahrefs and it has detected 887 '302' re-directs as potential issues. These are basically static wordpress re-directs. I've been reading that a

'302 Redirect is a temporary redirect and passes 0% of link juice (ranking power) and in most cases should not be used'

They are basically serving the purpose of tweaking the wordpress URL's to an .html page with a directory structure.

Erm could those 302's re-directs be creating problems for my site? I have another smaller website based on the same design (aged long years as well) which hasn't been hit at all.
3:29 am on Feb 10, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Things have been changing with 302 redirects lately. Since the information about using a 301 has been widely followed. it seems to me that Google started accommodating the 302 redirect.

I'd suggest you check whether the new target URL for the redirect is getting direct Google Search traffic. If it is, you probably shouldn't make any changes. If they aren't, then switch to a 301.

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