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Look please at this setup:

  • There is a main vendor on the main domain, https://example.com.
  • There are different (many) affiliates, having own subdomains, sub1.example.com, sub2.example.com,
  • Affiliate subdomains are redirected with 302! to their according subfolders, https://example.com/sub1/, https://example.com/sub2/,
  • Subfolders are canonicalized to the main vendor site, like https://example.com/sub1/ has rel="canonical" href="https://example.com/".

Will Google display only the main vendor page, https://example.com, in search results? Or will Google still display subdomains, because of 302?

PS: the cause of this setup is related to the internal vendor's politics of relation with affiliates and vice versa. If you want, I would explain it, but it would make a long thread.

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