joined:Aug 30, 2019
On a large site with many pages (100k to 600k), if a URL is moved for a page that gets next to no traffic, doesn't rank significantly for anything, and has little to no backlinks, is it still necessary to use a 301 redirect? I am only referring to permalink changes, not a domain or TLD change.
Similarly, are there any cons to using a 301 redirect? E.g., long redirect chains can create a poor user experience, and I imagine are more prone to experiencing crawl (and possibly indexing?) issues.
Let's assume there are also a few common redirects for the domain, such as http to https, none-trailing slash to trailing slash, which could mean that in very select cases, some referral links could redirect 1-2 times already.
Basically, is a 301 redirect always needed after a URL change, could redirects ever be harmful, or is it best to always use one?