I'm setting up geo-redirects for my site and am unsure which redirect type to use. I've read many articles on this subject, but still do not have a clear answer.
Here's the plan:
- Visitor lands on our homepage:
- System recognizes user's IP location
- 301 or 302 redirect? <--- not sure which one
- User lands on the correct page (/en-us in USA, /en-ca in Canada, /en-au in Australia, etc.)
Step 3 is where I'm confused. I know I need to redirect them, but is a 301 redirect or 302 redirect better in this case?
I'd like to rank each of these pages in their specific countries / cities. To provide some more context, check out http://specialized.com. If you search for "Specialized bikes" in Google,
specialized.com ranks as number one. If you land on it you are automatically redirected to the appropriate location. However, if you search for "specialized bikes australia" then
specialized.com/au/en-au/ is the page that ranks... no redirection needed. This is the same setup I'm looking for.