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    using 301 redirect to abbreviate URL: ranking issues?

    Hi.

    I would like to abbreviate a very long URL to another one which is much easier to distribute via email, presentations, etc. I tried without success to abbreviate using mod_rewrite.
    After many unsuccessful attempts I am about to give up and simply apply a permanent redirect like this:

    redirect 301 /short /very/long/complicated/path

    Now, the directory /short does not physically exist (and never was). This solution work flawlessly and would be the fastest I could imagine. It seems too good to be true.
    1. Why bother to follow an approach like the one suggested here http://www.peachpit.com/articles/art...31210&seqNum=1 if I can achieve the same by the above?
    2. I also wonder if the 301 redirect approach would negatively affect the pages ranking or there are any other search engine related issues I should be aware of. If we start to distribute the short URL via the web or use it in the website for internal links, how would this affect the real pages?
    Can anyone give some advice in this matter, please?

    Thanks in advance!
    cla313

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    I don't really see a big issue here.

    You may want to modify internal links so that they all point to the short version. I'd also run the site through Xenu to make sure all the URLs are resolving correctly. You may see a temporary dip in traffic and ranking, but I'm sure you're aware of that.

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    its better to use a short url than the long one, apparently using a short url is easier to remember for the visitors!

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    use mod_rewrite

    I think the best way to do that is apache mod_rewrite module
    Maybe itīs difficult to understand it, but you will note itīs a powerfull and scalable tool.


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