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How to deal with IP redirection and Googlebot? [duplicate]

My client wants country-based domains for their customers. For example, all customers from UK will be taken to the .co.uk site, even if they visit the .com site. And same for other countries. I have ...
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Redirecting a user but not Googlebot to solve problem with iFrames in content

TLDR To work around a problem with a third party documentation writing software I need to redirect a page to another page but only if a user in browser is looking at it. I want the google bot to see ...
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Do non-existent 'category' pages in URLs present a problem for search engines?

Say for example if I have a news site and my URL structure is: example.com/news/random-article If there is no page at example.com/news/, in other words it results in a 404 error, is that problematic ...
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Download link expired, going back to software presentation page, what redirect method to use?

When someone (user or bot) reaches an old download link like /download/yellow-wallpaper.zip?key=some-expired-download-key , user is sent back to file details page, e.g /yellow-wallpaper.html, where ...
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301 redirect not seen by googlebot

I have made a function on a wordpress site. The functions purpose is the following. 1) if the post is not found, redirect to the archive of the post. Should be fairly easy right? Well - according ...
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Googlebot smartphone redirect

We are using two different domains for our desktop and mobile websites. "www.x.com" and "m.x.com". The users with mobile devices ending on "www.x.com" are (302) redirected to "m.x.com" I have just ...
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Googlebot flooding server with requests for junk URLs with random data

I'm having some trouble with GoogleBot. It keeps requesting a random URL that doesn't exist. It is trying to access:www.example.com/index.php/{TOKEN} That {TOKEN} is really random, no idea where it ...
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Can i do a 301 redirect for the Googlebot Only?

Lets say a have a webpage called example.com, and a have a subdomain called sellingpage.example.com I use sellingpage.example.com as a landing page for all my paid traffic, this is a landing page ...
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Is it bad for SEO to return a 404 for a page that is temporarily unavailable instead of a redirect to the home page?

Imagine a site that contains 100's of 'homepages' for merchants. (e.g. www.example.com/cool_merchant) Some of these pages may exist for long periods, build up a nice SEO presence, and then be ...
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Can I “cloak” for crawlers and not use session id parameters and redirects to check for cookies?

I track my users using GET parameters to be able to do it even if they don't allow the use of cookies. And to do that, I need to do 2 redirections the first time the user hits my page. I am having ...
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Will Googlebot have trouble crawling a site if we have such international redirects based on location and cookie?

So, we have an international site with multiple subdomains for each language. We have hreflang markup in place (+ sitemaps), but we also detect where users come from and redirect them to appropriate ...
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How to serve for International Googlebots if we redirect users to subdomains for language matching?

So, we have a site and a few sub-domains with content in different languages and we're using Hreflang and canonical implementations for SEO. We do detect the language that users use in their browsers ...
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Prevent Googlebot from following JavaScript redirect

I run a website called isitsnowingoutside.com as kind of an experimental project. As I am still learning- it is far from perfect. The basic premise is the site uses your location to determine if it is ...
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Can I use meta refresh instead of 301 redirect?

I have submitted my site with ugly URLs to Google, and now they are appearing as mysite.com/show.php?id=42. Now, I know that I can 301-redirect it to mysite.com/article/42. However, my site uses the ...
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Would a 403 page, a blank page and a page redirect be indexed by search robots?

I am wondering if a disallow directive needs to be issued to robots on pages that will generate: a 403 forbidden error; a blank page, or; a page redirect (to log in page for example). Would not ...