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Is there a safe way to redirect traffic from a dozen old websites to a new (unrelated) website?

You can't redirect your old sites without losing 90% of their value and risking a penalty on your new site. There usually isn't a huge cost to leaving old sites up and running. You could use them ...
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Is there a safe way to redirect traffic from a dozen old websites to a new (unrelated) website?

First, something that's implied in other answers, but should probably be spelled out: the situation you describe is something Google actively wants to discourage -- you're not "collateral damage" in ...
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Should I use 301 or 302 for location-based redirects?

As Stephen points out in comments, geo-IP redirects are generally bad for SEO (it prohibits the site from being crawled naturally and can at times hinder users through being redirected incorrectly). ...
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Is there a safe way to redirect traffic from a dozen old websites to a new (unrelated) website?

Bad Idea! Never, I repeat NEVER do that. I tried that 3 days ago and after couple of days the site to which I redirected completely lost all its rankings. Not even it was ranking on searching domain....
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What causes "redirect notice" in Google search?

I think there may be (or may have been) a few scenarios that can trigger this "redirect notice" from the Google SERPs. Some of these may have been historical "glitches" judging by some of the articles ...
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X-Robots-Tag: noindex on an HTTP 302 response to remove subdomain

As of December 2022, Google will respect a X-Robots-Tag HTTP Response header that comes as part of a HTTP 302 response - Google Search Console will report: "Indexing allowed? No: 'noindex' ...
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Is there a safe way to redirect traffic from a dozen old websites to a new (unrelated) website?

One thing that all your sites have in common is you. Why not throw a designed by link at the bottom of your site that links to your "portfolio" where your new business is prominently displayed.
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Is there a safe way to redirect traffic from a dozen old websites to a new (unrelated) website?

301 Redirects are completely fine if they're real. If you had an old site and then decided to move/combine it with some other related site, there's absolutely no problem putting up a 301 redirect on ...
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302 response code isn't causing redirect

The page linked gives following response: HTTP/1.1 302 Found Date => Tue, 29 Mar 2022 11:58:24 GMT Content-Type => text/html; charset=UTF-8 Content-Length => 74528 Connection => close ...
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Is there a safe way to redirect traffic from a dozen old websites to a new (unrelated) website?

The best thing to do is not worry about the traffic to your old sites. I had a good friend who graduated from Harvard Business. He told stories about how Harvard drummed into his head the mantra of "...
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How bad is it for SEO to use at 302 redirection instead of 301 redirection for HTTPS?

Whilst I'd definitely always 301 http to https (as why would it ever be temporary?), Google have said that 301, 302, 30x do not dilute your pagerank in SEO. The team at MOZ have recently studied this,...
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What causes "redirect notice" in Google search?

Sometimes when you share a URL from a single result in SERP with someone that didn't perform the search, the redirect notices appears. This is for preventing click and CTR manipulation by having fake ...
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Is it good to go live with 302 first and then change it to 301 if everything works perfect

It is always a good idea to "test" with 302 (temporary) redirects in order to avoid the caching of erroneous redirects - as you have stated. Ordinarily "testing" is just a matter of running your own ...
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Why is this .htaccess evaluating to 302 redirect instead of internal rewrite?

Your rewrite rules use absolute URLs that include the protocol and host name. Internal rewrites only work with relative URLs that have just the path. When mod_rewrite encounters an absolute URL for ...
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Which HTTP response status code is most appropriate for a restricted URL?

You could use an error 401 = You are not authorised to view this page However read this: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/3297048/403-forbidden-vs-401-unauthorized-http-responses A 301 redirect ...
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Which is longer cached by SE robots or browsers, redirect 301 or 302

there are approximately 2 status codes to trigger a redirect More like 5 ... 301, 302, 303, 307 and 308. See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_HTTP_status_codes#3xx_Redirection 302 - Moved ...
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Is there a safe way to redirect traffic from a dozen old websites to a new (unrelated) website?

Yes, sort of. Put yourself in the visitors shoes (with google at their back) and ask how you can introduce your new content to them in a relevant way. ie old site is about say hiking and new one is ...
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X-Robots-Tag: noindex on an HTTP 302 response to remove subdomain

Google considers the status code before looking at everything else, so the X-Robots-Tag will be ignored. We did some test a year ago with a client and this was not working. The strategy that we used ...
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prevent google from picking redirecting page as canonical

The answer is, ironically, in your title. [insert grin] Use a canonical link. You can read Googles page here: https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/139066?hl=en In the <head> section ...
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Determine if a site has been hacked (HTTP 203 leads to 301 then 302)

You cant tell if a site has been hacked purely from status codes. If it is going to a spammy dating site it likely has been hacked, or the site may be hooked into a questionable advertising network. ...
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Should I use 302 redirect when user's browser is out of date?

Generally, you shouldn't redirect to an entirely separate page or display an obtrusive "popup" to outdated browsers unless maybe the site/application is entirely inaccessible to those on the ...
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Is there a way to set up a redirect in htaccess to convert a folder/paths to a params

RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^example.software$ RewriteRule ^downloads$ https://example.software\?mode\=downloads&%{QUERY_STRING} [R=302,L] This is an external redirect. The URL is changed to /?mode=...
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301 or 302 Redirect for regularly changing subsites

Per comments, you would also like https://example.com/forecast/ to be indexed. You are correct about your assessment that neither a 301 or a 302 fits your use case. Although the 302 resolves the issue ...
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302 or 301 Redirect for This Scenario?

You're correct: this is a job for the 302 (temporary) redirect, since you're planning to bring back this URL. Of note, if you leave this redirect up for too long, search engines may start treating it ...
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How to disallow HTTP 302 redirects from another site to mine

There is no way to specifically block 302 redirects to your site from other domains. The only thing you are able to do is block referrals which are not coming from within your site but this would ...
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Is a masked 307 redirect for a domain possible?

A masked 307 redirect is not possible. You can either redirect or mask but not both together. The code you posted in your question will achieve the redirect if thats the solution you want, but I don't ...
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Is a masked 307 redirect for a domain possible?

It's impossible to externally redirect (3xx status) and mask the request (ie. keep the original URL in the address bar). To the end user, a "masked" URL just looks like an ordinary (200 OK) request. A ...
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Under construction page bad for SEO?

Under construction pages are generally no longer used. There is a reason for this. It is an option, however, likely not a good one since you indicated that they have good traffic today. It is far ...
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Is it good SEO to 302 redirect from root URL to language and region subdirectory for the user, then tell Google about altenate sites in the sitemap?

To be honest the answer is, it depends. Do you know how you are forcing a user to a particular country subdomain? For example, Google Webmaster Trend Analysts recommend not redirecting users based ...
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