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301 Redirect

Definition

A 301 redirect is a permanent redirect from one page of a website to another page of a website. Unlike a 302 redirect, which is temporary, a 301 redirect signals to search engines that the new page URL should be indexed and the old page is out of date. Search engines may use this information to crawl and index the new URL (although a 301 redirect does not necessarily guarantee that this will happen).

301 redirects should be implemented any time an existing website page is removed in favor of a website page with a different URL. 301 redirects are common after the migration from one CMS (content management system) to another is completed. They are also common when older, out of date pages need to be removed.

It is best practice to redirect a removed page to a page that is likely to answer the website visitor's question. If a one-to-one redirect strategy is not possible, many websites will redirect a removed page back to the home page.

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