Google Can Process JavaScript Redirects But Be Concerned About Other Search Engines

Feb 18, 2021 • 7:41 am | comments (0) by twitter | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization
 

Google's Gary Illyes said that Google Search can process JavaScript redirects but Google still does not recommend using JavaScript redirects because other search engines might not pick up on it.

Gary said on Reddit "it [JavaScript redirects] works on Google, but i see other search engines are having a tougher time picking them up."

The fun thing is, that Google Webmaster Blog uses JavaScript redirects to the new blog location because that was the only redirect option available.

Gary said on Reddit "we used js redirects on webmasters.googleblog.com because that was the only thing we could use for 1:1 redirects, and it works on Google, but i see other search engines are having a tougher time picking them up." "if I have had a choice," Gary said "I wouldn't have used js redirects, ever."

Gary also chimed in this morning on this topic on Twitter:

So if you have a choice, use server side 301 redirects.

Forum discussion at Reddit.

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