Google Manual Action Over 302 Redirected Links

Jun 19, 2014 • 8:06 am | comments (24) by | 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.

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