301 redirecting a page

by RayW
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I want to 301 redirect a PAGE (not the whole site) on my site to another site. I don't wanna have to write brand new content for the site that I'm redirecting to so should I just copy the content that is on the page on my current site that I'm redirecting and put it on the new site?

After a page is redirected, is its content still indexed in Google? Will it raise duplicate content issues for my new site?
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  • Profile picture of the author Workman
    Originally Posted by RayW View Post

    After a page is redirected, is its content still indexed in Google? Will it raise duplicate content issues for my new site?
    The good news is you can do just that and your content will still be indexed by Google. Ideally your content should stay in one place, but if it has to move somewhere due to url changes or site updates you would use a 301 redirect.

    And to your duplicate content issue, no. As long as your previous url is redirected properly, Google uses the new page as the new point of reference of the old content.

    301 Redirects to reference old urls to new urls is encouraged by Google. You can read more about how Google deals with 301s here.
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    • Profile picture of the author RayW
      Originally Posted by Workman View Post

      The good news is you can do just that and your content will still be indexed by Google. Ideally your content should stay in one place, but if it has to move somewhere due to url changes or site updates you would use a 301 redirect.

      And to your duplicate content issue, no. As long as your previous url is redirected properly, Google uses the new page as the new point of reference of the old content.

      301 Redirects to reference old urls to new urls is encouraged by Google. You can read more about how Google deals with 301s here.
      Thanks, I have one more question:

      Suppose I want to to 301 redirect two pages on my current site (currentdomain.com/page1 & currentdomain.com/page2) to one page on my new site (newdomain.com/page). How exactly would that work in terms of PR distribution. Will both of the old pages' backlinks point to the new page now?
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      • Profile picture of the author Workman
        Originally Posted by RayW View Post

        How exactly would that work in terms of PR distribution. Will both of the old pages' backlinks point to the new page now?
        The answer seems to be yes according to SEOMoz. They don't come right out and say it though if you redirect two pages to one not only will "90%-99%" of the linkjuice pass through to the new page, but Google will also acknowledge that the old pages are now in the new.

        Perhaps a good example would be if you had an FAQ section on your site and each had its own page per question. One day, you decided that it would be easier to manage only one FAQ page instead of 45, so you put all 45 questions on one page and upload it. Unfortunately now you have 45 pages of duplicate content. Then you decide to 301 redirect all 45 of the question pages to the single FAQ page, all of those previous pages should point to the new FAQ with minimal effect on your rankings.
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  • Profile picture of the author websoft
    Hi Friends,

    According to google, page to which you are going visit using 301 redirect simply gets seo credits from previous page..
    e.g. you have two domains.

    existing page is page1.php .. now you buy new domain and if existing page is redirected to page2.php then new page simply gets seo credit from old page. ...nothing to bother...infect this is purpose of 301 redirect!

    I hope this makes sense!
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  • Profile picture of the author RayW
    Thanks, one more question (this time about rel=canonical tag):

    Suppose I have a wordpress site and I have two posts and three pages are indexed in Google: the home page, and the other two post pages. The content that's on the two posts is also on the home page since all posts that are published show up on the homepage. I want the two post pages to rank in google though and not the homepage so should I put a rel canonical tag on the homepage saying that the post pages should be ranked? In other words, this should go on the homepage:

    <link rel="canonical">http://mydomain.com/post1</link>
    <link rel="canonical">http://mydomain.com/post2</link>

    right?
    And would I need to put these tags on the post pages too? So on the post1 page:

    <link rel="canonical">http://mydomain.com/post1</link>

    And on the post2 page:

    <link rel="canonical">http://mydomain.com/post2</link>
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