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[ask] - Short URLs and SEO

Discussion in 'Link Building' started by lancis, Aug 10, 2010.

  1. lancis

    lancis Elite Member

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    Dear Blackhatters,

    I was wondering how URL shortening services such as TinyURL are affecting your SEO efforts. Are the links as powerful as direct links? Less powerful? Or are there any nuances I should be aware of when using these?
     
  2. insider

    insider Regular Member

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    If it's a 301 redirect it's almost as powerful (a bit of the link juice is lost during the redirect), if it's some other stuff like a 302 or 307, then it's useless.

    Tinyurl is a 301 if I'm not mistaken.
     
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  3. kez1000

    kez1000 Supreme Member

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    thanks for that...very interesting:rolleyes:
     
  4. zeefire00

    zeefire00 Newbie

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    does anyone know if bit.ly is 301?
     
  5. sousen

    sousen Junior Member

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    AsI learn bit.ly has not seo value for 301.If I wrong please correct me
     
  6. wickedpie

    wickedpie Newbie

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    bit.ly uses 301 redirect

    http://bit.ly/a/help

    bit.ly works by issuing a "301 redirect": a technique for making a webpage available under many URLs. When you shorten a link with bit.ly, you are redirecting a click from bit.ly to the destination URL. A 301 redirect is the most efficient and search engine-friendly method for webpage redirection, and is what bit.ly uses. Because bit.ly doesn?t re-use or modify links, we consider our redirects to be permanent.
     
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    moonswamp Regular Member

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    thanks wick.

    your post is very useful for me, cos my URL is now in Akemist(forgot how to spell) blacklist and wondering how to solve it

    since bit.ly is 301, so I can use this service to short my URL and post comments again!!!