I am working on a project to create a URL shortener. I have successfully gotten it to create short URLs, but I would like to submit them to Google. When I submit a short URL via Google Webmaster Tools, it gives me a redirect error.
I see shortened URLs for
bit.ly in the search results:
How do they do that? How are they able to submit their short URLs to Google? Are they using curl? When Google fetches the URL do they identify it as Googlebot, download the contents with curl and re-serve the actual contents to Google? Could I do something similar? I am using PHP.
Having used the internet for ten years I had never before seen any search result linked with a shortened URL in Google! Why am I only seeing it now? From my research, I suspect:
- Due to duplicate content Google does not want to show fake websites on top of the search results.
- If a user clicks on a Google search result, and after click, that link redirects to another URL, Google will demote the redirecting website.
My aim is to create a short URL website and submit all short URLs to Google. With many URLs submitted, there would be many chances to rank in different Google searches.