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#1 WaldenPond

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Posted 02 February 2011 - 10:18 AM

I am trying to get some SEO work from a company that recently had a "large" firm redo their site. I told the company to make certain that the "large" company used 301 redirects for the new pages.

It appears that instead of using 301 they are simply using "meta-equiv" to redirect. It's my understanding that Google can interpret this as spam and might even penalize the page, if the time is not at least 5 seconds. Below are the headers from www.rexswain.com . Eager to hear thoughts on how using this meta-equiv can actually hurt the new site and that a 301 is the correct way to handle the new pages.

Many thanks,

Andrew

Receiving Header:
HTTP/1.1·200·OK(CR)(LF)
Content-Type:·text/html(CR)(LF)
Last-Modified:·Tue,·25·Jan·2011·19:40:03·GMT(CR)(LF)
Accept-Ranges:·bytes(CR)(LF)
ETag:·"d13214a9c7bccb1:0"(CR)(LF)
Server:·Microsoft-IIS/7.5(CR)(LF)
X-Powered-By:·ASP.NET(CR)(LF)
Date:·Wed,·02·Feb·2011·15:34:57·GMT(CR)(LF)
Connection:·close(CR)(LF)
Content-Length:·423(CR)(LF)
(CR)(LF)

Content (Length = 423):

(EF,BB,BF)<!DOCTYPE·html·PUBLIC·"-//W3C//DTD·XHTML·1.0·Transitional//EN"·"http://www.w3.org/TR...tional.dtd">(CR)(LF)
(CR)(LF)
<html·xmlns="http://www.w3.org/19...1999/xhtml">(CR)(LF)
<head>(CR)(LF)
····<title></title>(CR)(LF)
····<meta·http-equiv="refresh"·content="0;url=/Team/Connecticut/Jackie.aspx"/>(CR)(LF)
</head>(CR)(LF)
<body>(CR)(LF)
<div·style="padding:50px;">Please·wait·...·redirecting·you·to:·Jackie·</div>(CR)(LF)
</body>(CR)(LF)
</html>(CR)(LF)

#2 Jill

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Posted 02 February 2011 - 01:14 PM

You always want to use 301s. If you can't, and there shouldn't be many reasons why you can't, then the way they're doing it is okay I believe.




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