Bing: "We Do Not Index 302 Redirected Pages"

Feb 11, 2010 • 9:15 am | comments (3) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Bing Search

A Bing Community thread has Bing's program manager, Brett Yount, saying that they do not index the destination pages of a 302 redirect. Let me quote you what he said:

We do not index 302 redirected pages, so this is probably the main issue for not indexing your home page.

The site in question here is As you can see, as I write this post, the site is not indexed by Bing.

Now, I assume Brett meant to say that a 302 redirect to a page will not block the page from being indexed. But rather, if the only way for Bing to crawl to the page is via a 302 redirect, Bing will not index it. If there are other links to the destination page, then Bing will likely index it.

Or maybe I am wrong and Bing will not index 302 redirected pages.

Forum discussion at Bing Community.

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Bill Hartzer

02/11/2010 06:37 pm

Wouldn't that kind of make sense, though? I mean, why would a search engine want to index (or waste their time indexing) a page that has "temporarily moved".


02/12/2010 12:32 pm

Hi Rustybrick You interpret Brett's words as "they do not index the destination pages of a 302 redirect" but I would really be surprised if it's not the Source page he's talking about.


02/12/2010 02:56 pm

What percentage of 302 redirects do you think are actually temporary? I think it's a small percentage, mostly because 302s tend to be the default often times, and developers don't really pay attention to status codes as long as the page redirects properly. 301 vs. 302 is largely an SEO issue, in my opinion.

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