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    Google Index Messed UP?

    I have a page with the
    <meta tag that refreshes in 0 seconds to a new url>

    and google take the original url and uses that as the link they put up in their index with the cache of the redirected url?


    any ideas how to fix this?

    im thinking puting in a meta tag NOINDEX, FOLLOW

    ??????

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    Rent A Cop Dan
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    Re: Google Index Messed UP?

    Originally posted by Wbmstr84
    I have a page with the <meta tag that refreshes in 0 seconds to a new url> and google take the original url and uses that as the link they put up in their index with the cache of the redirected url?
    Well this does make since if you think like a spider. (If that is possible ) The address it is looking at shows a different links content. So it will cache the content it sees with the link it is accessing, not even noticing the url changed.
    Technically the redirect is not a URL to the new page so it doesn't follow it.

    any ideas how to fix this?

    im thinking puting in a meta tag NOINDEX, FOLLOW
    If you put up a noidex, follow and make sure you have a link to the new page it should work.

    Good Luck,
    Dan

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    Spiders aren't stupid.

    If you're using a redirect to try to spam the engine it catches on to it very fast.
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    I'm in no way spaming the search engines.... We just had our site on an old free service provider and we bought our own domain name and thus the old site still has plenty of links to it so i have the meta tag to redirect...

    Thanks for the help that make total sense!

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    Serial Publisher silver trophy aspen's Avatar
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    If Google notices a redirect it will treat the URL that has the redirect like it has the content of the site it is redirecting to.

    If you want Google to show your new site this is what you want, they will use the content of your new site in determining rank.

    As far as what URL they use in their index. I've found they use the one with the most links to it. You need to get those links moved over to your new URL and Google will change it's index to use the new one.
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