Google: GoogleBot Follows Up To Five Redirects At The Same Time

Feb 17, 2014 • 8:55 am | comments (9) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

redirect signGoogle's John Muller said in a webmaster hangout on Friday that GoogleBot will follow up to five redirects at the same time, past that, you are probably out of luck.

I don't believe we had a number, a solid number, on how many redirects Google will follow. This may, and I may be wrong, be the first time Google gave a number on the number of redirects they follow at one time.

We had Matt Cutts talk about PageRank dilution through redirects in the past.

Google's John Mueller said this 46 minutes and 3 seconds into the hangout embedded below:

Of course, this is useful information for SEOs when doing audits.

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Michael Martinez

02/17/2014 02:11 pm

The old number was 2 hops and you're done. I guess they decided to crawl beyond that.


02/17/2014 04:24 pm

may be him not believe. Better to go for tarrot readings then listen what him think


02/17/2014 05:19 pm

I guess the key term here is "up to". If you're an important website and the bot believes it's pursuing valuable web content, it might follow five redirects in a chain. If you're a middle-weight eCommerce site (a new brand) who can't be bothered to sort out their site architecture (links to redirects, etc.) then don't expect to receive this treatment. I doubt you'll get it :')


02/17/2014 09:35 pm

MC did give a clear hint in 2011 at 2:55 but it's a useful reminder. I encounter this issue often with clients.


02/18/2014 05:15 am

Yes in this video Matt Cutts said "There is no limit per page or site, but there is a limit in the sheer number of chain of redirect hops that we are willing to follow.". If GoogleBot follows up to five redirects at the Same Time means, is it follow five redirects in a chain?

Soni Sharma

02/18/2014 05:26 am

5 redirects are sufficient..

Michael Martinez

02/18/2014 05:02 pm

"If GoogleBot follows up to five redirects at the Same Time means, is it follow five redirects in a chain?" Probably means that if they fetch a URL and it is redirected, they will perform up to five more fetches before giving up on finding the content.


02/19/2014 05:44 pm

Hello Nathan I ask U one thing what 5 redirects Follow to google bot...

Sandeep Mishra

02/19/2014 05:53 pm

Hello Nathan Please tell me what mean GoogleBot follows up to five redirects at the Same Time.

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