How To Correctly Redirect Your Website

301 Redirect Checker

Once you’ve done the work and checked your code, you need to make sure that your redirects are working properly. Is it a 301 or 302 redirect? Does the final page come up with the proper header response code? Never fear, with this free 301 redirect checker, you can check up to 4 redirects at 1 time to be sure that you were successful. There is no limit to how many pages you can check.

Check Your Own URL

 

How To Interpret Your Responses

Code 200: The page was Reached Successfully. What you ultimately desire.
Code 301: The page was Permanently Redirected. Best for SEO.
Code 302: The page was Temporarily Redirected. Passes no SEO link equity.
Code 404: The page was Not Found. This is an error that must be fixed.

Example 1:

I just did a check on AppSumo.com (and you can too) and discovered that:

  1. AppSumo.com properly 301 redirects to www.AppSumo.com
  2. www.AppSumo.com 302 redirects to www.appsumo.com/how-to-make-your-first-dollar-seattle-getaway/
  3. www.appsumo.com/how-to-make-your-first-dollar-seattle-getaway/ gets a response code of 200.
  4. That means AppSumo.com is a perfect example of success.

Of course, this doesn’t mean that your site should have that many responses. For a successful redirect, you should have as few as possible. That being said, the reason that AppSumo.com is a success is that first, it takes the site and goes to a www version. That should happen on every single website, in my not so humble opinion. Then they utilize a 302 temporary redirect because they want the SEO link equity to stop at the main site without continuing to the temporary product they’re endorsing. But, they also want their website visitors to continue to the product. Then when you end up at the product page, you get the actual page, which results in a code 200.