Just wanted to get some feedback what you guys think about redirect url and passing link value and PageRank? Here I will be talking about having two identical pages ie blog posts with exactly same content and want to redirect to only 1 page.
The thing is the first blog post was already indexed and I don't know why that post was submitted again. So that gives two similar pages. I told the blog owner to delete the duplicate blog post and what he did instead is do a redirect(maybe 301 or meta refresh) from the first post to the second post. The first blog post was already indexed and probably receiving some traffic this is why he didn't delete it.
The first blog post is still indexed while the second one doesn't appear in the search since it has been redirected to I suppose.
yourblogname.com/abc.html - already indexed but only used to redirect to abcd.html.
yourblogname.com/abcd.html - redirected to from the first one.
My question is do I get any backlink count and benefit and even PageRank value from abcd.html? I read that redirect urls do not pass full link value and PageRank but I just want to get more feedback. There is some debate on this issue.
Anyone has any experience with this? Thank you in advance for your thoughts.