I am trying to determine the short-term and long-term effects of bad 301 redirects.
We launched a new website, and gave our developer a list of 301 redirects. The developer said they implemented the 301s, and all was good. However, we found out 60 days later that the 301s were going to non-exsitent pages, so none of them worked.
The pages that were redirected were mostly long-tail pages that did not get a lot of traffic, but we can't figure out the effect on our site as a whole. Some pages were very important, high-traffic pages.
Our overall organic traffic has dropped by 50% since our launch. We don't know how much affect these 301s had on our organic traffic drop.
We fixed the 301 redirect problem five days ago (the 301s now work), but we have not seen any improvement in organic traffic since the fix.
How long will Google punish you for a bad 301, after you fix it? Are we starting from scratch, or are these pages tagged in a negative way that will cause lasting damage?
Did these bad 301s effect SEO for our whole site? Meaning, did we lose domain authority for the whole site - not just the pages with bad 301s? Did Google lose respect for our site!
Could this problem have caused Google to throttle our crawl rate? We have noticed very slow crawl rates on this new website.
Is it possible that Google figured out the problem quickly, and that it did not have much affect on us?
Is there a way to look at 301s historically, and see how Google was treating them?