What are Redirects?
Every web page on the internet has a website address otherwise known as a URL. Content can be moved from one URL to another with a process called redirects. Redirects can go put content on one URL to any other URL they choose. Redirects come and various forms, for an example a 301 Redirect will redirect you from the website that you typed into your web browser to a different website’s homepage. For example, one of our clients owns two domain names for his practice. The .com and the .net version of his domain. So when you type into your browser, “www.johnpowersdmd.net” you will automatically get redirected to “www.johnpowersdmd.com”
Types of redirects
There are several ways of making a browser redirect the content on a URL. There are two types of redirects: server-side redirects and client-side redirects. Each of these can then be sub-divided into several types.
These redirects are used on the server and will result in some content being sent to the browser.
This is a permanent redirect used for when a page has moved to a different URL. Search engines follow redirects and will add the new URL to index. This is important for SEO purposes. Links that point to the old URL will then start to count towards the new URL, which is essential for search engine ranking.
This is a temporary redirect for websites that need to be temporarily moved or for when the original URL should always be requested. This typically happens for redirects of websites that need to be altered in language or based off location. For SEO in this case the search engine will follow the redirect, but maintain the old URL in their index. It’s important to identify the difference between these two redirects especially for ranking purposes.
Another variation of the 302 Redirect that will always be treated as a temporary URL by search engines. This means Browsers will never cache a 307 redirects. Search engines won’t follow 307 Redirects, because they are temporary. This will severely hurt your efforts to rank up a website if you have 307 redirect
Least common redirect and it basically means, “follow this redirect and never go to the old URL again.” For SEO purposes it will rank for this new URL once redirected.
These redirects occur by a code being run in the browser of the user and then it redirects the browser to another URL. Since it is using a code this is a much slower process.
By: Matt Ventura
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