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Re: 301 redirect question

  • Subject: Re: 301 redirect question
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@schestowitz.com>
  • Date: Wed, 10 Aug 2005 15:52:04 +0100
  • Newsgroups: alt.internet.search-engines
  • Organization: schestowitz.com / Manchester University
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Jez wrote:

> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>> Jez wrote:
>>>What happens if you remove a 301 redirect?
>>>I have one that I set up from a very minor internal page as an
>>>experiment into how to perform a 301 and forgot about it - about 6
>>>months ago.
>> Is that redirect linked to? If not, then search engines will have no
>> notion of its existence. If you are not sure, scan your log files and see
>> if search engines (or even actual people) have requested it in the past 6
>> months.
>> Roy
> Sorry Roy, didn't mean to reply to your email address the first time! :-)
> Yes, it is linked to and has transferred it's PR to the domain it's
> pointed at.
> Jez.

You should probably not remove it then. It will flag errors (potentially),
upset crawlers (errors imply lower credibility) and will break the
integrity that you artificially introduced.

I made some mistakes in the past by 'cleaning' and improving structure.
Months later I still see errors, not only due to crawlers, but also due to
people's bookmarks and SE's cache (referrals). Think of that unwanted
element as an umbilical cord. My site is full of these, but removal would
be more 'painful'.


Roy S. Schestowitz

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