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Blogger 301 Redirect?
Posted 06 January 2010 - 06:46 PM
I do not have access to htaccess or mod_rewrite commands. I don't think I can even run php code but I'm not 100% on that.
Is anyone aware of a trick that would allow me to redirect correctly within Bloggers template language (which looks mostly like html)?
Posted 07 January 2010 - 12:12 AM
Posted 07 January 2010 - 09:02 AM
I have someone on the Blogger help forum telling me that if I use a meta refresh redirect, two very bad things will happen:
1) Search engines will view this a duplicate content and penalize the indexing of the destination URL
2) The Blogger anti-spam bot will detect the redirect and flag both the original and destination URLs as spam blogs.
I understand that a 302 redirect will not push the old indexing to the new URL, which is fine. But will it do anything to damage the future indexing of the new URL? You probably can't answer #2 but I have trouble believing that will happen either.
Posted 07 January 2010 - 11:09 AM
If they told you that they don't know what they're talking about, at least where the search engines are concerned. The truth is the search engines do not penalize for duplication. At least not with the type you're talking about with moving a blog from one location to another. The absolute worst the search engines would do is filter one or the other, so that only one address will show up on any single results page. That's it. No penalty.
On the second point, I can't answer that one. I've never actually used blogger since I prefer to simply purchase a domain or use one I've already purchased and put blogs up that way. Gives me more control than using a platform like blogger. You know, control to do things like 301's if I decide to move things.
Someone here (was it Ian?) did a bit of a study and asked some questions of search engine reps to try to come up with some rules if you had to use a meta refresh instead of proper 301's. Mainly because reps from some search engines were indicating in things they said a few years back that they could sometimes treat a meta refresh as if it were a 301 and pass value. I'm going totally from memory here, but I believe the key, according the the search engine reps, was the number of seconds that elapsed in the meta refresh. The shorter the elapsed time the better, if memory serves.
So if you're stuck with a meta refresh a zero second would be best, at least where the search engines are concerned. I have no clue if blogger has any problems with this sort of thing, but it would surprise me if they do. People have been moving their blogs around for years, though the move I've seen most often is to move a blogger blog off of their platform and to its own domain.
Posted 09 October 2010 - 09:58 AM
( and keep your PR also?)
At least it does "feel" better then redirecting with a refresh to me
Posted 09 October 2010 - 02:24 PM
Don't know if you have access to the HEAD section on Blogger. Also, I think this thread may have been before there was such a thing as the canonical link element.
Posted 09 October 2010 - 02:54 PM
And cross domain canonicals are NOW accepted , so why not pick up on an "older" topic rather then to start a new one ?
Edited by robmarketshare, 09 October 2010 - 06:22 PM.
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