301 Redirects With Obscure Url
Posted 04 January 2012 - 12:45 AM
I supposed there are many reasons for this, but I wondered if I should be using a 301 redirect for them.
Also, I used to have a directory called /links , this was many years ago but I still get 404 results for the files.
I wanted to put a 301 in place but in some cases no similar directory or file exists.
We do have a page with info on how to link to us but this did not seem like a good target.
I wondered where I should redirect the requests? Home? Site Map?
Any help would be appreciated.
Posted 04 January 2012 - 10:27 AM
Posted 04 January 2012 - 11:14 AM
This is the info from 404 page we are using.
We have the boiler plate navigation on the side of the page.
Posted 04 January 2012 - 03:33 PM
* does the visitor disappear?
Perhaps a prominent site map link and/or site search box might aid retention.
* does the visitor click a link to elsewhere in site?
Suggest matching requested URL with the subsequent selected site link as might suggest a viable 301.
Note: not all requests that generate a 404 are human. SEs, especially Google, have taken to resurrecting or creating from near whole cloth weird and wonderful URIs and sending their bots down the hole to see what might be there. And many nasty bots are simply running through a requests list to see what door(s) you neglected to secure, etc.
Edited by iamlost, 04 January 2012 - 03:35 PM.
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