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For a CMS constraint I have to survive with, the search on my site works this way:

  1. the user fills search values and submit
  2. a page of results is then shown with a list of links
  3. the user clicks on some link and gets redirected to the detail page

The thing to note is that when the user clicks at #3, it won't get immediately access the result detail page /realestate/1, but there is an intermediate access to /redirect/realestates/1 and then the redirect to the final page /realestate/1.

I'd like to know:

  • can this approach impact negatively from a SEO point of view?
  • which redirect would be more appropriate? Currently it's HTTP code 302 found.

PS: I see there are other questions about SEO and redirects, but there the context is landing page and my scenario is different.

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Use robots.txt to block search engines from following any links in your site search.

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Reasoning on your idea I think I'll use rel="nofollow"; it has the same effect but it's more granular. This way the search engine is still able to index other contents I care of in the search page. Thanks. – Paolo Jan 20 '13 at 19:15
Yes, it's fine to have them index the main search page, but it's standard practice to block access to any actual search results. And do you consider your search page to be a good landing target for incoming search engine traffic? – Kenzo Jan 20 '13 at 19:20
Yes, it'll work as a landing page. In fact when no search filters are applied, a paginated list of result links (with nofollow to prevent the redirect) is presented to the user or search engine. – Paolo Jan 20 '13 at 19:58

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