I have a website for an app, in www.myapp.com/get/ i've put a php redirect to https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=my.app via

header('Location: ' . $location);

Now, because Google Play has International Targeting, Google Search console complains I have "no return tags". I see about 50 of these errors (1 per language):

  • Originating URL: /get/
  • Alternate URL: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=my.app&hl=af
  • Error: No return tags

How can I avoid these false-positives? Should I change my redirect code?

  • Where is Google getting the idea that these URLs have international targeting? You usually tell Google that with hreflang meta. However, because these redirects, you can't be using hreflag meta. The other possibility is that you have these URLs marked as international in your sitemap. However, you shouldn't have redirecting URLs in your sitemap, so I doubt that is the case either. – Stephen Ostermiller Sep 27 '17 at 10:35
  • the google play website contains a list of links with hreflang per language, I think google complains non of these links point back to www.myapp.com/get/, obviously it shouldn't, Google play isn't aware that my site redirects to it. – marmor Sep 27 '17 at 11:59

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