How to Do a 301 Redirect
If you need to move a page or a whole website, a 301 redirect is always
recommended. If you just change a file name or delete a page, you my lose
search engine rankings that were associated with the old page. By using a
301 redirect, you tell search engines and humans where to find the new page.
Avoid using a meta refresh tag as this is a
technique used by search engine spammers to rank well for certain keyphrases
that are totally irrelevant from the page redirected to. Many search engines
filter out the meta refresh tag, so it is not a search engine friendly
So, how do you do a 301
Redirect? It's actually quite simple on a website using a
1. Locate or create a .htaccess
file on your server. Your .htaccess file gives search
engine robots instructions on security and redirects.
2. If you don't have an .htaccess
file on your server, you can easily create one using a text
file. Name it ".htaccess"
3. If there is already an
.htaccess file scroll down past the code that is already
there and begin your new redirect instructions.
4. Put in your redirect
information, which should look like this:
*Note: The first part
"/directory/file.html" is the location of the file being
moved and the second part
"http://www.domainame.com/directory/file.html" is where the
file is being moved.
5. Upload the file to your
Click here for
instructions on creating a
301 Redirect on a