URL 301 Redirect Checker
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About URL 301 Redirect Checker
This tool lets you check if each redirect you have setup for individual pages on your website is working and is actually returning the server-side "301 Moved Permanently" HTTP status code.
If you have an old webpage URL that you have configured to do more than one redirect before the user lands on the new end page, this tool helps you confirm that you are not just hitting the mark but you are hitting it with a 301 status code. So by using this tool you can conveniently check whether your redirects are all working properly as search engine friendly 301 redirects.
301 vs 302 HTTP Status Codes
A 301 redirect is a redirect where an end URL is specifically assigned by you as the new permanent URL of a particular page. You see a "302 Found" status code when you request a page that nobody assigned a specific permanent redirect but redirects anyway to a different URL. So the redirect is only temporary and is done automatically by the server when it isn't being told by any configurations to trigger a "404 Not Found" error. With a 302, the domain's homepage is basically where you land.
When Is It Time to Do A 301 Redirect?
Whenever you change the URL of a webpage ,on your site (where you have control over the backend or server configurations), you must do a 301 redirect. With this type of server-side redirect, search engines such as Google, will understand that you are telling them they can be confident that people coming from the search results will always find what they are looking for.
Watch the video below to better understand how to properly use a 301 redirect.
How to Check 301 Redirects
You can be systematic when checking whether each 301 redirect you've setup is working as intended and expected. Make this type of SEO task easy and less confusing by using a checklist for every redirect rules set.
Actually, there is a fixed set of rules for every redirect situation. For example, redirecting your website URLs from non-www to www means each URL on your site must always resolve to a URL that starts with "http://www" or "https://www" for SSL secured sites.
Take a look at the checklists I've put together and posted on my blog here. URL redirects look really simple when you have such checklists. However, without them, you can easily get lost while checking URL 301 redirects because redirecting URLs is a SEO task that is very technical in nature. So please get my checklists from my blog now and also download the spreadsheet version (the download link is in that post as well).