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Some years ago, I started my website with the main domain www.example.com. However, the project ended up being a store under shop.example.com.

I obtained hundreds of links to http://www.example.com, and today (after two years) I found that the redirection is not well-constructed, because there are four 301-redirects from http://www.example.com to https://shop.example.com.

I have two questions:

  1. Should I fix urgently this issue of "too many 301-redirects" in order not to lose my Google PageRank?
  2. Is there any quick Rewrite Rule for Apache 301-redirect from http://www.example.com to https://shop.example.com?
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    "four 301-redirects" - Do you mind sharing the redirect chain you are seeing? It's difficult to imagine how you get 4 redirects (5 unique URLs) between those 2 URLs?! – MrWhite Oct 23 '20 at 1:24
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    I can imagine 8 possible URLs that could be involved: http://www.example.com/, https://www.example.com/, http://example.com/, https://example.com/, http://shop.example.com/, https://shop.example.com/, http://www.shop.example.com/, https://www.shop.example.com/. – Stephen Ostermiller Oct 23 '20 at 10:20
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Well, its been 2 years so urgent is relative, but yes, you want to fix this as each redirect is believed to come with a small loss of "google juice".

Matt Cutts (a google official rep) talked about it being unlikely that Google will follow 4 or more redirects - although that was a while ago (see https://youtu.be/r1lVPrYoBkA?t=165 from about 2:45)

There are multiple ways to set up a redirect in Apache. The easiest one in your code might be - in the Apache config or .htaccess -

  Redirect permanent / https://shop.example.com/

(Ref: https://httpd.apache.org/docs/current/mod/mod_alias.html#redirectpermanent)

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  • "its been 2 years" - I would also be curious to know how many of these sites are still linking to the "old" URL? I would like to think that any site of worth would have performed a link audit at some point during this time, particularly with the big push to HTTPS everywhere. (?) – MrWhite Oct 23 '20 at 1:11

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