301 vs. 302 redirects. Feeling confused about which one you should use?
Don’t worry, you’re not the only one.
Even in 2019, website owners are unsure about which type of redirect is best for SEO.
There are many reasons why you might want to use a redirect. The most common reasons include:
You’ve created a new website.
You’ve created a new page.
You have a broken URL.
You’re fixing a page and want to send users to a different page.
The choice largely depends on the purpose of the redirect. Understanding the difference between the two is crucial when it comes to your SEO.
A 301 redirect informs search engines that a website or page has been moved permanently. You should use an HTTP 301 when you’re migrating a site or creating a new website. It’s also appropriate to use a 301 if you’re joining two websites together. 301 also works if you’re making changes to the URL that are not intended to be reverted.
A 302 redirect tells search engines that a website or page has been moved temporarily. You should use this redirect if you’re redesigning or updating a website or a page. It’s also appropriate to use the redirect when you want to test out a new page and get consumer feedback. Make sure you use a 302 redirect only if you’re planning on bringing the old website or page back.