Google Manual Action Over 302 Redirected Links

Jun 19, 2014 • 8:06 am | comments (22) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

Google Webmaster ToolsA WebmasterWorld thread has one webmaster claiming he received a reconsideration request rejection notice and in that notice, Google gave example links.

One of the example links includes a link that 302 redirects to his web site. A 302 redirect is a temporary redirect and often thought to not pass proper and full link juice from the URL to the target site. But as many of you know, it may and often does.

This webmaster was surprised Google would use links that are redirected in a 302 manner as a bad link towards the site. He wrote:

I got a reply to a recon request this morning and one of the example links was a page that didn't actually contain a physical direct link to my site.

It contained a URL that included a /goto/[mysite] command which eventually 302 redirected to my site.

If this is the sort of thing that Google is concerned about then it really increases the workload for anyone cleaning up their link profile.

So, clearly, you need to dig deep into your link profile and clean out even the URLs being redirects as a 302.

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

Previous story: Bing Ads Express Discontinued



06/19/2014 12:45 pm

I got a rejection that had a no followed link as an example. Who are these manual reviewers? What's their experience and qualifications?

Martin Oxby

06/19/2014 12:46 pm

A nofollow link could still be perceived as spam could it not? Might not be 'manipulating PageRank' but that might not be the litmus test.

Josh Zehtabchi

06/19/2014 01:15 pm

IMHO, it all depends on the context of the ENTIRE link profile as a whole, not simply link by link.


06/19/2014 01:31 pm

Was it blog comment spam? No-follow isn't the issue in many cases. A link is a link and if it's a spammy link then it's a spammy link.

Ben Griffiths

06/19/2014 01:34 pm

It's a sample of the *type* of spamming you did. If it's nofollow then great, but it's given as it's typical of what is holding your Request back - try Googling the text on the sample URL and seeing what else is indexed like it.


06/19/2014 02:54 pm

Nope a URL link to the homepage, not contextual. I'm not sure if it was completely natural or not - I did not build the links, but it looked fine to me. In the same reconsideration request the manual reviewer also mentioned adding the example URLs to the disavow file if removal was unsuccessful. They were already in the updated disavow.


06/19/2014 02:59 pm

it bullshit from google. some of such links created automatically by content scrappers with whois data, some cms systems, redirection services, etc. Webmaster never can know about it. Everything what google do is unreal. here is lot of the ways how it impossible to fix issue (which google think it issue, when in reallity it not issue at all). I think what even googlers don't know how their system work, because they penalize and ban for anything, without ideas or logic.


06/19/2014 03:10 pm

See Neg SEO naysayers! 302 redirect of a toxic domain **IS** an attack vector...

Halt And Catch Fire

06/19/2014 03:34 pm

say goodbye to several bh methods if this goes fully mainstream


06/19/2014 03:40 pm

Nice. They probably farm out the review work. I can't see someone being so incompetent and still working at Google.


06/19/2014 04:26 pm

Once a tacitc is bh it IS mainstream...


06/19/2014 09:20 pm

actually it becomes wh

F1 Steve

06/19/2014 09:28 pm

Probably outsource to an Indian call centre to save a few quid! God bless googlers!


06/19/2014 10:37 pm

Who said the the problem is the redirect and not the fact that the link is low quality?

Mr Anderson

06/20/2014 12:38 am

I used to love Google, but those day are coming to an end quickly. It started with Panda's & Penguins then came G+, & now Youtube is beating up on Indie Music labels. It just keeps getting worse. And the search results are no better now than they were 2 years ago. Google you are Evil!

Mr Anderson

06/20/2014 01:46 am

And another thing about Negative SEO! What's to stop someone from taking a bunch of spammy penalized domains, blocking all the bots from Ahrefs, Open site Explorer, Majestic, ect & linking to your site. You would have no clue that these bad sites are lining to you. The simple way to fix this for Google to give us all the sites that link to us in GWT.

Gordon Campbell

06/20/2014 08:32 am

This is potentially a result of human error. If people are rating incoming links then what they consider as manipulative could be very subjective..


06/20/2014 12:00 pm

In my webmaster, Google also reports the same back-links and it includes thousands of such. There was issue from server-side. Though I have not received any penalty or message yet. Let's see what happens


06/20/2014 12:38 pm

Im looking forward to the first anti google song ... that should be fun watching google squirm in their own self generated pile of excrement :) 1. Google befriends webmasters to get it´s name out there. Google then shits all over webmasters for a few adwords clicks. 2. Google buys Youtube and Indie bands get behind the platform and make it cool. Google then shits on indie record labels. 3. Google pretends it is a friend of the world and then decides not to bother paying it´s fair share of taxes. 4. Google pretends to be secure and then gives the keys to the safe to the NSA so everyone and their dog has access to your email etc. So, who is next to get shat on by google? Pretty much anyone is game.


06/20/2014 02:24 pm

I have my .net forwarding to my .com in case someone types the domain name in wrong... I wonder will that make a difference??

Deniz Doganay

06/22/2014 09:06 am

Lol so true ... This is why google is so strict... Because of these dudes from these types of places claiming they know SEO and then crap all over every single website that is given to them.


06/23/2014 05:17 am

My utter condolences! This is actually a shed-the-dirt-off-their-shoulders from Google as per my thinking.. . They just give you examples of what "Might" be hurting your site instead of what "Actually" made them think this way.. . .

blog comments powered by Disqus