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Need a website expert!
#1
Hi all!

Just wondering if there are any website experts out there that might be able to answer a question I have? I'm looking at Google Webmaster Tools, specifically the 'fetch as Google' option. When I use this option on the Mama website, it returns this (which looks right to me):

Quote:HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2012 08:16:04 GMT
Server: Apache
X-Pingback: http://www.mama-genesis.co.uk/xmlrpc.php
Connection: close
Transfer-Encoding: chunked
Content-Type: text/html; charset=UTF-8

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-strict.dtd">
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" dir="ltr" lang="en-US">

<head profile="http://gmpg.org/xfn/11">
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=UTF-8" />
<title>Mama - The UKs 'all era' Genesis tribute band!</title>
<link rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml" title="Mama Genesis Tribute Band RSS Feed" href="http://www.mama-genesis.co.uk/feed/" />
<link rel="pingback" href="http://www.mama-genesis.co.uk/xmlrpc.php" />

This code is actually a lot longer. I just cut it short for ease of reading.

However, when I look at my Carillon Video Weddings page using the same 'fetch as Google' option in Google Webmaster Tools, I get this return:

Quote:HTTP/1.1 301 Moved Permanently
Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2012 08:24:04 GMT
Server: Apache
Location: http://www.carillonvideo.co.uk/weddings/
Content-Length: 248
Connection: close
Content-Type: text/html; charset=iso-8859-1

<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//IETF//DTD HTML 2.0//EN">
<html><head>
<title>301 Moved Permanently</title>
</head><body>
<h1>Moved Permanently</h1>
<p>The document has moved <a href="http://www.carillonvideo.co.uk/weddings/">here</a>.</p>
</body></html>

Does anyone know why this may be the case? Does it affect my SEO on the Carillon Video Weddings website? Webmaster Tools tells me this:

Quote:The page seems to redirect to itself. This may result in an infinite redirect loop.

Is that bad? What can I do to correct this?

The Carillon Video website is actually made up of four websites like this:

Carillon Video Home (http://www.carillonvideo.co.uk)
Carillon Video Weddings (http://www.carillonvideo.co.uk/weddings)
Carillon Video Music (http://www.carillonvideo.co.uk/music)
Carillon Video Corporate (http://www.carillonvideo.co.uk/corporate)

I'm only using the home page and the /weddings website at the moment. I just want to make sure that Google is indexing my site correctly and whether I'm being penalized on SEO because of the structure of the site or this mysterious '301 redirect.'

Thanks. Smile
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#2
Andrew,
Are you sure that you had the trailing slash on the weddings URL ?
If I try this with a slash using PHP's CURL calls I get a 200
but a 301 when the trainling slash is missing.

http://www.carillonvideo.co.uk/weddings/ -> 200
http://www.carillonvideo.co.uk/weddings -> 301

This is expected behaviour and you can try this simply by typing the URL into
your browser's address bar without the trailing slash. It will take slightly longer as
it then redirects you to the URL with the slash.

However, Google (and the rest) should not nobble your SEO rating because of the 301.
301 responses are part of everyday SEO life.
So, when you publish your URLs you are usually advised to include the trailing slash if you are not including the file-name component.

Carillon Video Home (http://www.carillonvideo.co.uk/)
Carillon Video Weddings (http://www.carillonvideo.co.uk/weddings/)
Carillon Video Music (http://www.carillonvideo.co.uk/music/)
Carillon Video Corporate (http://www.carillonvideo.co.uk/corporate/)

Hope this helps !

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#3
Hi Ian,

www.carillonvideo.co.uk/weddings produces this:

Quote:HTTP/1.1 301 Moved Permanently
Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2012 08:24:04 GMT
Server: Apache
Location: http://www.carillonvideo.co.uk/weddings/
Content-Length: 248
Connection: close
Content-Type: text/html; charset=iso-8859-1

<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//IETF//DTD HTML 2.0//EN">
<html><head>
<title>301 Moved Permanently</title>
</head><body>
<h1>Moved Permanently</h1>
<p>The document has moved <a href="http://www.carillonvideo.co.uk/weddings/">here</a>.</p>
</body></html>

With this comment from Google:

Quote:The page seems to redirect to itself. This may result in an infinite redirect loop.

www.carillonvideo.co.uk/weddings/ produces this:

Quote:HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Date: Wed, 28 Sep 2011 11:15:42 GMT
Server: Apache
X-Powered-By: PHP/5.2.17
X-Pingback: http://www.carillonvideo.co.uk/weddings/xmlrpc.php
Connection: close
Transfer-Encoding: chunked
Content-Type: text/html; charset=UTF-8

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" dir="ltr" lang="en-US">
<head>
<title>Professional Wedding Videographer and Wedding Video Production Services in Bolton, Manchester and all over the UK</title>
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=UTF-8" />
<link rel="pingback" href="http://www.carillonvideo.co.uk/weddings/xmlrpc.php" />
<link rel='archives' title='September 2011' href='http://www.carillonvideo.co.uk/weddings/2011/09/' />
<link rel='archives' title='August 2011' href='http://www.carillonvideo.co.uk/weddings/2011/08/' />

Which to me looks right. So, I guess that means there isn't a problem? Phew! Thanks for confirming I'm not going mad. Smile

It was the comment from Google that was worrying me. The SEO on my weddings website isn't very good despite the fact that I got a professional SEO company on the job for well over a year. I was thinking maybe there was an issue they hadn't spotted, even though Webmaster Tools seems to indicate that Google has indexed the entire site.
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#4
Andrew,
Some SEO tips :
I would move all your "meta name=..." lines above all the "link rel=..." lines so that
the meta data is within the first 1,024 bytes.
Also put all the JavaScript into one large external file rather than multiple small files.
Add "title=..." info along side each "alt=" in your img tags.
Add "title=..." text against each href and other suitable tags : see http://www.w3schools.com/tags/att_standard_title.asp for examples.
These also add to the usability of the site.

Hope these make sense and help your SEO rankings.


(16-08-2012, 05:04 PM)Andrew Prince Wrote: ...
It was the comment from Google that was worrying me. The SEO on my weddings website isn't very good despite the fact that I got a professional SEO company on the job for well over a year. I was thinking maybe there was an issue they hadn't spotted, even though Webmaster Tools seems to indicate that Google has indexed the entire site.

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#5
(16-08-2012, 05:26 PM)ian.hartas Wrote: Some SEO tips :
I would move all your "meta name=..." lines above all the "link rel=..." lines so that the meta data is within the first 1,024 bytes.

Also put all the JavaScript into one large external file rather than multiple small files.

Add "title=..." info along side each "alt=" in your img tags.

Add "title=..." text against each href and other suitable tags : see http://www.w3schools.com/tags/att_standard_title.asp for examples. These also add to the usability of the site.

Thanks for the suggestions Ian. Smile

The website is actually a Wordpress install, as are the /Music and /Corporate websites. I've no idea how to move those tags around and create the title and alt tags within Wordpress. I'll have to try and work it out. The SEO is done using a plugin.
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