Google Can List Old Legacy URLs In Search Results When...

Apr 8, 2015 • 7:40 am | comments (2) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization
 

Rahul asked Google's John Mueller on Twitter if Google would display an old URL of a site in the Google search results even if it is redirected to a new URL and if so, could that be a duplicate content issue. The answer is yes, Google can show the old URL in the search results and no, it is not a duplicate content issue.

Here is an example of searching for [seoroundtable.com], most people confuse this site with seOroundtable.com vs SEroundtable.com. The SEO version redirects to the SE version as a 301 and has done so for years and years. But if I search specifically for the SEO version, Google will show it:

But if you click on it, Google will first take you to seoroundtable.com and then the browser will follow the redirect to seroundtable.com.

Google's John Mueller said this happens when a searcher specifically searches for the old URL:

And no, it won't be a duplicate content issue, John added:

Forum discussion at Twitter.

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