301 permanent Redirect

Redirects are essential for some websites. Without them pages don’t get indexed and that hurts your search engine visibility. The best way to do a redirect is to use a permanent 301 redirect. A permanent 301 redirect sends a status code to the browser alerting that the page has moved and a new page is taking its place-redirecting it permanently.

Here are a few ways you can achieve a 301 redirect:

Redirect from a subdomain to a domain

It is important for SEO that all of your backlinks go to the same URL.
Remember, www.bigoakinc.com, bigoakinc.com, www.bigoakinc.com/index.html and bigoakinc.com/index.html are all different pages to the search engines. We want all the PageRank funneling to one page.

This can be helped with a 301 redirect to send browsers and bots who go to one of your home page variations. Modifying your .htaccess file that sends a 301 redirect status is where to start.

Options +FollowSymLinks
RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^domain.com
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.domain.com/$1 [R=permanent,L]

If your host doesn’t allow mod_rewrite, you can use this code in an .htaccess file

Redirect 301 http://domain.com/oldpage.html

Code for various 301 redirects:

PHP Redirect
< ?
header(‘HTTP/1.1 301 Moved Permanently’);
header(‘Location: http://www.newdomain.com/newdir/newpage.htm’);

ASP Redirect

<%@ Language=VBScript %>
Response.Status=”301 Moved Permanently”
Response.AddHeader “Location”, “http://www.newsite.com/newdir/newpage.asp”

ASP.NET Redirect
.NET ASP 301 code

ColdFusion Redirect
< .cfheader statuscode=”301″ statustext=”Moved permanently”>
< .cfheader name=”Location” value=”http://www.new-url.com”>

Please use the information responsibly and be sure this will be a 301 permanent redirect. Moving it again can upset the search engines.

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