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(Entry was posted by Robert Khayat on this post in the Dumb SEO Questions community on Facebook, Monday, October 7, 2013).

I have a 302 redirect to my website in order to shorten the url, will The Google Webmaster crawler follow the redirect?

Hello,

I have a dumb question, I have a 302 redirect to my website in order to shorten the url, will The Google Webmaster crawler follow the redirect or would it be better if I put the code in both domains?

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Selected answers from the Dumb SEO Questions G+ community.

  • Ranu Jain: No, it won't effect Google from crawling and indexing the new URLs that your redirecting to. ;
  • W.E. Jonk: Googlebot will follow and "discover" the re-directed URL. But since it is a 302 (temporarily) and not a 301 (permanent) redirect "search value" might not be passed (although over time Google might view the 302 as a 301). Furthermore what can happen with 302 is that the shortened URL will rank above or instead of the page [1].

    [1] (a little dated) ;
  • W.E. Jonk: From the expert panel in this weeks SEO Questions hangout on air on 00:09:01 into the YouTube video: 
  • Robert Khayat: What I decided to do set up the analytics and webmaster through the short URLs along with a permanent redirect to the short URLs. Thank you so much for the answers it's nice to see a helpful community!

View original question in the Dumb SEO Questions community on G+, Monday, October 7, 2013).

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