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    301 vs 302


    Hi guys,

    I have a question.

    We have an on-line website with a French ccTLD : www.website.fr
    We also own the .com ccTLD (website.com), which is currently a domain parking page. We plan to
    create an US version of our website in 3 to 6 months.

    I would like to automatically redirect the .com traffic to the .fr.
    It seems that the 302 is appropriate in this case, but I read
    articles saying that it is always better to do a 301, especially if this is for a 6 months temporary redirect.

    What would you do ?

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    • dzine agrees : Good question, an tx for taking care of the formatting :)
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    302 is the correct route to go with this.

    Although a 302 is a temporary redirect there is no time limit set by google. It does not pass page rank so its just to keep users happy by not getting a 404 error.

    I woulds doubt you will be gaining any links to the .com version until its live so its only really useful for people who guess the url.
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    I just want to add a little to Chedders post....

    In some situations 302's pass full juice same as 301's. Redirecting http to https using 302's Google will pass the full juice, as stated by John Mueller.

    Here is the link for the below snippet....'
    https://plus.google.com/+JohnMueller/posts/PY1xCWbeDVC



    There have been some test that indicate that if you leave a 302 in place long enough, Google will then treat it as a 301. I am still sitting on the fence on whether 302 and 301 redirects are equal in passing the same juice. But this video by John Mueller is very compelling evidence that 302 and 301 redirects are equal in the long term.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opUfIzuzJSw#t=1335

    The video is a good watch. It also contains info on Redirect Chain lengths, I seem to recall the limit is 5, any more and you run into problems and some info on how 404's are treated as well.
    Last edited by KnowOneSpecial; Jun 14th, 2017 at 03:52 PM. Reason: spelling correction
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    You could well be right on this, I know google used to not pass all page rank on a 301 but seeing as they pushed everyone into https it meant changing over would mean you lost a little PR.
    I think it was John Mueller who announced that was no longer the case and full PR was now passed to encourage more people to change.

    As for the 302, I am unsure why I believed it passed no PR, I must have read it somewhere but never tested myself, it could be a little difficult to test to be honest.

    Your correct with the redirect chains, I think it was matt cutts who said after 5 redirects they give up so its wise to redirect only once really.
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    I think Matt Cutts said 302's don't pass juice way too many times for us not to believe it ... then they changed it... LOL..
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    As much as I know:

    Status 301 means that the resource (page) is moved permanently to a new location. The client/browser should not attempt to request the original location but use the new location from now on. This will allow search engines to direct ranking and value signals to the new URL because they understand this location to be the new, permanent home for that content.
    A 301 redirect is a permanent redirect which passes between 90-99% of link juice (ranking power) to the redirected page.



    Status 302 means that the resource is temporarily located somewhere else, and the client/browser should continue requesting the original url. This redirect doesn’t carry or pass the link value to the new location.


    Hope it will help!
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    A 301 redirect is a permanent redirect which passes between 90-99% of link juice (ranking power) to the redirected page.
    I am afraid your a little out of date with that one, Google raise the link juice passed to 100% due to the pressure they was putting on webmasters to convert to https. As most websites rank because of the backlinks they have gained over the years by converting to https would have meant losing a ton of link juice as the older links will be http versions so have to be redirected to the https version.

    Status 302 means that the resource is temporarily located somewhere else, and the client/browser should continue requesting the original url. This redirect doesn’t carry or pass the link value to the new location
    This was my understanding also but was corrected above that that has also changed. Personally if true I find that one quite strange. It would be easy to rent out page rank, if a client stops paying then the page rank could be switched to a different client.
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