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Redirection of URL | SEO EXPERTS NEED | SEO QUIZ

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by wingman80, Mar 8, 2013.

  1. wingman80

    wingman80 Regular Member

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    Website A

    non-www not redirected to www version of the page but on the front end, the website has a canonical tag focusing on the www version.

    Question: What can be the robots page to be index and what should it be reading? If the robots will only read the www, and the website has a backlink with a non www, will it still pass the value? Why?

    Website B

    The website B when it was created, he uses the http://www.example.com. But suddenly, he decided to use SSL for all his website pages and he is now focusing on the https://www.example.com (NOTE: kindly check the http vs the https). He then redirected all the http version to the the https version with www. After a few days, his page rank was lost but still ranking. He decided to use a canonical tag on the https://www.example.com and https://example.com focusing now to http://www.example.com since his backlinks is using the http and even he redirected the http to https before, the link juice is not passing.

    Question: What can be the robots should be reading? the https or the http? if its http because of the canonical tag, will it pass the link juice or not?



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  2. zigato

    zigato Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Website A - umm, why didn't the person just put a re-direct? It's so much better than placing the canonical tag for this instance. But anyway, canonical tags aren't 100% correct when we place them we are just telling the search engines that this is the main page we want indexed as the search engines can choose whether they want to index that page as the main one. Links from rel=canonical do pass link juice as they are similar to 301's re-directs. However we shouldn't be lazy and redirects are supported more widely by new and existing minor search engines.

    Website B: I'm confused -- are you saying that he put it from http to https, then he changed it from https to http?
     
  3. Swarm

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    Regardless of the rel=canonical tag, best practices dictate that you redirect one version to the other because they're technically considered 2 different web sites, non-www vs. www. The same can be said with respect to http vs. https. What type of server are you running these on ... Windows or Linux boxes?
     
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  4. wingman80

    wingman80 Regular Member

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    website B: yes redirected using 301 from http to https, but in the https version there's a canonical tag that would let the robots to go back to http. Another thing I've checked using cekpr.com, all the HTTPS website have FAKE PR? why?
     
  5. wingman80

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    i know that it should be redirected, but I'm just asking, what would be the page version when the robot read it without using 301? :p

    Another thing, what if you already 301 redirect it, and you type in example.com so you should be going to www.example.com, but then when you remove the www in the address back and press enter the page will not be redirected to www. and remain to example.com

    A much detailed: I use 301 redirect to example.com focusing > www.example.com but it seems that its not working properly, so I've tried using the www. in the canonical. what do you think?
     
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  6. zigato

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    As mentioned earlier, the robots would read both for rel=canonical. As mentioned previously, rel=canonical is indicating to the robots that this is the original, preferred page according to us. However the search engines may think otherwise and index another page - this is like an e-commerce website where you can have multiple versions of the same page but organise it in colours, prices from high to low or low to high, sizes, etc. It could also be used if you don't have access to the page for example you did it at university/college and therefore the IT people definitely won't be bothered actually doing something like that. Then you can put the rel=canonical there.

    In regards to the www and non-www for "A much detailed: I use 301 redirect to example.com focusing > www.example.com but it seems that its not working properly, so I've tried using the www. in the canonical. what do you think?" you may not have done it properly as that should not be happening if you did it correctly.