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Simple 301 Redirect Question

Discussion in 'Blogging' started by mickyvx, Jul 25, 2015.

  1. mickyvx

    mickyvx Regular Member

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    Hello fellow users,

    I have a few niche sites and recently one started ranking and I noticed the permalink structure was wrong. It was still set to default in WordPress so I changed it to Postname and now I have gone down in ranking.

    I know WordPress automatically redirects to the correct new URL but it has affected my ranking from position 19 back to 50+.

    Recently I found the Simple 301 Redirect plugin for WordPress and it seems to be good. Can I use this to set a wildcard redirect or what can I do to try fix this?

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. mickyvx

    mickyvx Regular Member

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    Really? No one can help? :(
     
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    Zwielicht Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    Wordpress doesn't always automatically 301 redirect URLs when you change the URL structure, especially in cases where you move blog posts to a new folder. You should have double checked your URLs when you changed the structure to confirm that they had been 301 redirected, but it's not too late to regain your rankings.

    When I was modifying my URL structure to make it more organised, I used Eggplant 301 Redirects due to its great features and easy of use. Don't ever use Simple 301 Redirects. I initially used that plugin to redirect my old URLs to the new ones on a few sites, and it inexplicably stopped working after a couple of days, causing me to lose some of my rankings on a few posts, although I regained these rankings after I added them to the Eggplant plugin.

    If I remember correctly, a wildcard will redirect all of the pages in a specific folder such as www.yousite.com/blog/ to a new folder like www.yoursite.com/superblog/. I personally don't like using wildcards unless a website I'm working on has a thousand pages, but you could certainly give them a try.
     
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    Thanks mate, I will have to make manual redirects then. Thankfully it is not too many pages... If I have issues I will use the Eggplant plugin instead :)
     
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    I'm glad I could help. Just remember to monitor for any 404 errors for the next week. :)
     
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    Good idea, I will do this today when I get a chance!