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    Permanent redirect


    I have a site doing poorly in Google. Its been cached for over a year. Recently I renamed an important second level page from big-red-round-widgets.htm to bigredroundwidgets.htm.

    The redirect went like this:

    RewriteEngine On
    redirect 301 /wid/big-red-round-widgets.htm
    http://www.widgets.com/wid/bigredroundwidgets.htm

    First for the good news.
    The site did much better in the serps once the new page was cached. I theorize that some filter was holding back the page, and even the whole site because of the multiple hyphens. My next test will be to rename all pages with more than one hyphen to a non-hyphenated form of the name, and will report the results here.

    Now for the problem:
    The redirect worked, meaning that when the oiriginal url was entered in the address bar, the new url was returned. BUT, google did not transfer anything, not the PR nor anything. Good things only began to happen when they finally found the new page and cached it, which took several weeks.

    Here is my question:
    Would there have been a better form of redirect to use? Would a different redirect have transferred PR?
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    Back when pr updates were occuring monthly (or there abouts) it used to take two updates for the pr from a 301 to be seen in the toolbar so I'm guessing you'll be set but you just didn't pull the trigger soon enough before the last update.

    I'm assuming that you checked the server headers and it returns 301 permanantly moved.

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    I'm assuming that you checked the server headers and it returns 301 permanantly moved.
    No I have not. How do I do that?
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    Yes checked them now. They say 301. OK.

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