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Should I redirect query strings in a shopping cart discovered by Google Webmaster Tools, which we don't want to show up there.

Should we 301 URL like this?

example.com=shop.ask&product_id=31&subject=Call+for+Pricing%3Aproductname%3B%80%93&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=146

What I thought was, what if this URL indicates a customer's purchase? I mean he selected a product, came to the checkout page and suddenly he's 301 back to product page where he started?

Could this happen?

What do you advise me to do?

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You don't want to redirect them - that will probably break your site's functionality. There are various means of managing parameters for SEO purposes; since you mention Google Webmaster Tools, you may wish to look at their parameter management tool.

In brief, you can instruct Google how to handle different parameters on your site, e.g., index them, index a representative URL, etc. Bing has a similar tool.

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