This is not about redirecting
It's about redirecting:
/category-name?ref=blabla&something=useless-stuff /category-name? /category-name????????
in a small website that does not use GET methods at all.
I have never seen this technique used (or discussed) anywhere, even Google allows you to visit:
I don't like adding extra HTML tags (i.e. canonical) or HTTP headers to my website, so I thought why not this?
My biggest fears though is that search engines wouldn't appreciate it.
I just came to this question but it doesn't add much, I'm not planning to share URLs with extra parameters: Google adds useless parameters to my URL
Update: I'm starting to believe there's nothing wrong with this technique.
Videos from Matt Cutts:
- What are the advantages of 301 redirects over rel="canonical"?
- Is there an advantage to using rel="canonical" over a 301 redirect?
And an image picked from a moz article (look at that ?ref=123 example!):