Redirect Checker

Redirects Do’s and Don’ts

Know about what you can do, to have user, browser and search engine friendly redirects.

Do’s Don’t
  • use max 3 redirects in a chain. Avoid useless hops.
  • Only use one type of redirect in a chain
  • No penalties/limits on number of redirects on a domain.
  • Limit redirect lists by using rules.
  • Use 301 Redirect to redirect old URIs with SEO value to new URIs and in case of canonicalization
  • Only use 302 Redirects on a domain or between subdomains on a domain.
  • 301 Redirects are forever. Keep controlling them.
  • Make smaller chunks of redirects if you want to move page structure.
  • More than 5 redirects in a chain (HTTP/1.0 Browser Limits)
  • More than 3 redirects in a chain (Google Bot Limits)
  • Mixing up 301 and 302/307 redirects. (Confusing for Google Bot)
  • Long redirect chains with useless hubs (Bad Page Speed and Bad User Experince)
  • Big lists of redirect rules (Bad Page Speed and Bad User Experince)
  • Redirecting URIs with no SEO value. Better use 404 or 410 in this case.
  • Using 302 redirects cross domain (new URI will get indexed). Search Engines will tread this Redirect as Permanent.
  • Using 302 Redirects (HTTP/1.0) or analog 307 Redirects (HTTP/1.1)
  • Using 307 Redirects with HTTP/1.0
  • Using 303 Redirects
  • Redirect too many URLs simultaneous.
  • Using Frames/Javascript Redirects/Meta Refresh