[RESOLVED] Do search engines index 'redirected' URLs?
I have a scenario:
A website has been built and sits at the domain www. site-a. co.uk
www. site-b. co.uk has been registered as a domain but forwards to www. site-a. co.uk
Do the search engines recognise any keyworks in the site-b URL, or only that of site-a? My suspicion is not, but I just wanted to get this clarified...
Thanks in advance
It depends how the forward is set-up. If I type
www.site-b.co.uk in my browser and I'm redirected to www.site-a.co.uk (the Address bar changes accordingly) then as far as I'm aware, only www.site-a.co.uk would be indexed.
If, however, www.site-b.co.uk is just another header for site-a, then both sites are indexed. I'm told this is a bad approach since search engines will recognise that two sites contain exactly the same content and lower their rankings accordingly.
You should setup a permanent redirect from one domain to the other.
Thanks for your reply catterz, that is what I understand too.
permanent redirect is? Error code - 301 or 302 ?
From what I hear NO
Google wont index a redirect. From what I hear.
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