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Should I Redirect Or Not?

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#16 harbingers


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Posted 04 February 2014 - 02:00 PM

UGH! My 301 redirects are not working - only some of them are working.


This format works with no issues:


Redirect 301 /product-category/category-products.html http://www.samewebsi...oduct-category/


But this format does not work:

Redirect 301 /index.php?getpage=store&getsec=catalog&page=category&cid=1&theme=7 http://www.samewebsi...oduct-category/


I have been told that links with a question mark (?) will not work for 301 redirects.


So I removed the redirects that were not working and the left ones that were.


Is there another way I can do these redirects? If not, will the canonical links be as effective if I am able to just do those?


This is my plan for the canonical links. On the example page website.com/shop/gizmos/gizmo-01.php


I will put <link rel="canonical" href="http://www.website.com/shop/gizmo.php"/> that way when the system creates pages like:




They will know which page is the correct version. So it is ok to put the canonical link on the same page that it is referring to?


I'm sorry I am really confused with all of this.


I don't have a big budget and I'm not looking for a contract of any kind but I would be willing to make a 'donation' if someone would like to have a look and see what the best approach would be.

#17 Jill


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Posted 04 February 2014 - 05:20 PM

The canonicals as you stated should be fine, IMO. 

#18 chrishirst


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Posted 04 February 2014 - 05:25 PM


I have been told that links with a question mark (?) will not work for 301 redirects.

That is incorrect, https://wiki.apache....riteQueryString

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