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Im showing #1 for a 404 page and a 301 redirect isnt doing anything

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by lolseo, Aug 13, 2013.

  1. lolseo

    lolseo Power Member

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    Hi guys,

    Im having problems with a URL. Im showing up on google for a search term at #1. However the URL that is being displayed is wrong. The content is on a different URL.

    Ive implemented a 301 redirect, but when clicking through from Google, im not being redirected.

    What should I do?
     
  2. proson

    proson Registered Member

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    May be your 301 isn't set up correctly. Did you do it on the server level or application level?
     
  3. lolseo

    lolseo Power Member

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    How do these differ?
     
  4. sin_tzu

    sin_tzu Junior Member

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    It's most likely a 404 page that's returning a 200 OK server response to Google. What this tells Google is that the page is working and not broken. That's my hunch. I doubt it's set up properly on your end. Check the header response code for the page and see what it says. If it says a 200 OK then things are not set up properly.
     
  5. SEOtheWorld

    SEOtheWorld Newbie

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    You may also just have the dns cached on your computer, and your 301 is working properly for anyone who hasn't visited the site before. After you set up the 301, start up a command line prompt (Type cmd in search on your start menu), type "ipconfig /flushdns" without the quotes, and restart your browser.

    Apologies if you've already done this, but it's usually the "answer" to non-working 301's
     
  6. Endire

    Endire Elite Member Premium Member

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    Lolseo,

    Alternatively, you could post the code or method you are using for your redirect and someone could tell you if its configured properly. If you are redirecting using .htaccess, its very easy to insert the wrong directive or the right directive in the wrong location of the document.
    Definitely clear your cache first as that is the simplest solution and probably whats happening.

    Best,

    Shawn
     
  7. ContentLockPro

    ContentLockPro Power Member Premium Member

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    301 must be not setup correctly. Try to fix it ASAP