Is the new page ranked at all for "widgets london"? Don't be surprised if it's ranked much lower than the home page was before the change. Even if you did a great job optimizing it, it's still a new page and you say it's a competitive term.
Did you also change your internal linking structure for this? If not, your previous style probably has many ...
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. In either case its likely appropriate to give the webmaster a heads-up.
As an outsider there are only a limited number of things you can do to see if a site ...
The best way to not make the site accessible is not to serve it. You can block bots by denying access via the user-agent string but that can be spoofed by malicious crawlers.
The example provided makes not attempts at redirecting traffic through the desired URL which lets users and bots crawl the site via 4 versions (https://www.example.com, http://www....
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In Firebase click the button to add a custom domain to your site. In the opened window, there is a checkbox that if checked will make that custom domain a redirect for another address. I used that and works.
Yes. When you choose to permanently redirect a page / url (which a 301 is): you should try to replace the existing links to the original destination as soon as possible.
user and crawler friendliness (less redirect is faster)
prevent others to link to the old destination in the future
prevent 404 error's in your redirect solution malfunctions ...
You should update your sitemap with the new URLs immediately. Google uses XML sitemaps as one of the ways to determine which URLs you prefer. When you have old redirecting URLs in your sitemap, it sends mixed messages to Googlebot.
It isn't a problem for Googlebot to crawl the new URLs before it finds the redirects. When Googlebot find new URLs, it does ...