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#1 EddyGonzalez

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Posted 10 January 2011 - 10:02 AM

Hi I have a query on a redirect that I hope someone can help me with.

A really important newspaper site recently added an image of my site to one of their pages which I was really pleased about as its started to attract more visitors. However the link from the image goes to a redirecting site first before it gets redirected to my site. When I check the HTTP staus of the redirected URL it returns a 200 code. I was wondering if any page/domain authority as passed on to my site if the URL goes through this type of redirection first?

thanks in advance
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#2 Jill

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Posted 10 January 2011 - 10:09 AM

If it's showing a 200 ok for the first URL, then it's doubtful any link juice is passed towards your site. Seems odd that it would be a 200 and not perhaps a 302 though.

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Posted 10 January 2011 - 11:06 AM

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When I check the HTTP staus of the redirected URL it returns a 200 code.

That's most likely the HTTP status of your own image. A redirected image is unlikely to use a 200 code (a redirected HTML page might, depending how the redirect was done).

To be clear, in your case newspaper.com/page.htm includes img.jpg, and img.jpg is a redirect to eddysimage.jpg - is that correct?

Can you tell us the URL of img.jpg?

#4 EddyGonzalez

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Posted 10 January 2011 - 11:26 AM

cheers for the replies.

Alan, the image is on newspaper.com/page.htm and the link on that image links to my website page not image, e.g mywebsite.com/mypage.htm

When I check the source code of the link on the image on newspaper.com/page.htm my URL mywebsite.com/mypage.htm is part of a query string. Like Jill I would have thought that it would return a 302. Is this similar to a meta refresh?


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Posted 10 January 2011 - 11:39 AM

QUOTE(EddyGonzalez @ Jan 10 2011, 04:26 PM) View Post
Alan, the image is on newspaper.com/page.htm and the link on that image links to my website page not image, e.g mywebsite.com/mypage.htm

When I check the source code of the link on the image on newspaper.com/page.htm my URL mywebsite.com/mypage.htm is part of a query string. Like Jill I would have thought that it would return a 302. Is this similar to a meta refresh?
Aha, I get you now.

OK, so if the intermediate page returns a 200, how exactly is the redirect to your site implemented? Javascript? Meta refresh tag? Other?

#6 EddyGonzalez

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Posted 10 January 2011 - 12:05 PM

That's what I'm not sure about the URL looks like this:
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http://redirectingat.com/?id=767X521280&xs=1&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.mywebsite.co.uk%2F&sref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.newspaper.co.uk%2Fadvice%2Fmotoring%2F


I've removed the actual domains. I'm not sure how the above URL is processing my URL and how the redirect is being implemented on the intermediate site. Could it be that whilst the above domain returns a 200 the redirect on the intermediate site returns a 302? and if this is the case is any link juice being passed?

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Posted 10 January 2011 - 12:45 PM

If you have access to a system with the 'wget' utility, it will tell you where it's going on the way to a URL. For example, here's the output I get when looking up a URL that's redirected from non-www to www. (domains xxxx'd to protect the innocent):
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wget http://xxxx.com/
--2011-01-10 12:01:00--  http://xxxx.com/
Resolving xxxx.com... 111.222.333.245
Connecting to xxxx.com|111.222.333.245|:80... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 301 Moved Permanently
Location: http://www.xxxx.com/ [following]
--2011-01-10 12:01:00--  http://www.xxxx.com/
Resolving www.xxxx.com... 111.222.333.241
Connecting to www.xxxx.com|111.222.333.241|:80... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: unspecified [text/html]
Saving to: `index.html


You can see there that the first request returned a 301 with a new location (www. prepended), and then the second request got the 200. If you're using a tool that only shows the final result, you'll just see the 200. I'd guess there are Windows equivalents of wget that would do the same sort of thing.

#8 EddyGonzalez

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Posted 11 January 2011 - 04:52 AM

Cheers Mhoram I'll give that a go.


#9 Alan Perkins

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Posted 11 January 2011 - 05:08 AM

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When I check the HTTP staus of the redirected URL it returns a 200 code. I was wondering if any page/domain authority as passed on to my site if the URL goes through this type of redirection first?


If it's going through redirectingat.com then the answer is no, as that whole domain is robots.txt'ed out.

#10 EddyGonzalez

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Posted 12 January 2011 - 05:02 PM

crikey! good spot Alan, appreciate your help.

eddy





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