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    Default Need help with re-direct and search engine

    Hello -

    Right now, my main domain name is re-directed to my blog page - which is going to become the basis for a blog centric website. I have meta-tags on both sites.

    How does re-directing work? Will it affect my search engine placement? Can I still do the same things with search engine placement, if there is no content on my re-direct site, except for metatags. There is content on my blog, but there is no content on my re-direct page. How do search engines view this?

    Need some help. Is it always best to have your content and your domain name on the same server and not use re-direct or does it matter?

    Thanks so much, Nancy

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    What you have now isn't good for search engines. You want the web server itself to return a permanent redirect status code of 301. You don't want to use a meta tag refresh because search engine crawlers most likely will ignore it.

    In your httpd.conf, use this:

    RedirectPermanent /

    See also:

    Take care.

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    any place(or person) that anyone would recommend to do custom work of this nature-for a computer novice?
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    Our Custom Services department can do this for you, You can find out more information on them and request their services here:

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    See also: Steve Hardrove's article How to redirect a web page, the smart way
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    Thats very well suggested by jpspeno. Your web site would face no harm only if you use a 301 permanent re-direct to your domain. The search engine rankings might go down for sometime but with consistent effort on your website, you can regain the same position in no time. You may re-submit your web site to search engines to get the website crawled and indexed by the crawlers and robots.

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    Either Google or Yahoo Search has an option for doing a visual search.
    But, understand, the images that show up are owned by someone else, and, are therefore copyrighted. You can download them for personal use, or for school projects, but not for publishing or resale.

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    Editing the httpd.conf file just for a redirect doesn't seem like the best option. Just do it in a .htaccess file, then it is easier to change and troubleshoot and you don't risk messing up your apache configuration file, especially if you aren't familiar with configuration files.

    As an example, say I own and and I want it to redirect he entire domain no matter what page they specify to my blogspot account. I would put a .htaccess file in my /var/www/html directory with the following line of code:
    Redirect 301 /

    That way anytime someone goes to or it will take them to

    Or if I move a page, for example I had, but then I decided that the gallery application would do a better job but there are still links and book marks to gallery.html, I would put this line in .htaccess

    Redirect 301 /gallery.html

    where is the URL to my gallery home page.

    I hope this helps.

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    Yes .htaccess can be used but it requires more resources. Unless it is a temporary thing there is no reason to not edit the httpd.conf file with your changes.
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