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Anytime you make changes to your website pages, you risk needing to move a URL. URLs are permanently moved through 301 redirects, which direct old URLs to a new URL. Here’s how to set up 301 redirects in Showit and seamlessly forward traffic from your old pages to your new ones (without losing your SEO).
In all reality, not every update you make to your website is going to end up with you creating a 301 redirect. But, when you change pages or remove pages, you can’t have visitors or Google hitting a 404 error. 301 redirects prevent 404s and that negative hit on your website’s performance.
You can set up redirects on every website platform, just by doing it a little differently. For today, were going to talk about how to set up these permanent redirects specifically on the Showit platform:
The first step in setting up 301 redirects in Showit is to figure out the links you want to redirect. If you’re removing a specific page or altering a page’s old URL and need to redirect to the new URL (like when you’re making your URL more SEO-friendly), go ahead and move to the next step. But, if you’re planning on setting up 301 redirects to help with your user experience and SEO, you’ll need to identify the broken backlinks you have on your website.
You can do this by going to a free broken backlink checker and checking your domain for broken links. Through this, you’ll be able to see any broken links that you may have on your website and create redirects for them.
Now, let’s talk about how to set up your 301 redirects in Showit. If you’re a video person, check out my quick YouTube walkthrough on how to fix your broken links on Showit. I have it set to start at 4:55 when I’m setting up the 301 redirects in the Showit backend:
If you prefer images and a step-by-step visual walkthrough, follow the directions listed below to learn how to set up your Showit redirects:
You can navigate to your site settings quickly by clicking your business/website name in the top left corner. Alternatively, you can click on your site and then click on ‘site settings’ – both will take you to the same place.
Click ‘Edit’ by your domain in Custom Domain, this will give us access to your subdomains and primary domain for your website.
Next, you’re going to click on the gear symbol by your domain to configure your domain and see your current (if any redirects) and where to set up a new 301 redirect.
Domain Configuration is how you can set up your 301 redirects in Showit. First, you will add your old URL slug (the one you want to redirect from) in the left box. Next, you’ll add the FULL new URL that you want the old one to redirect to in the right box. Once both are added, click the ADD button to complete.
Congrats!! Now you know how to set up 301 redirects in Showit!
301 redirects play a pretty huge role in user experience, maintaining link equity, and maintaining your indexing and crawlability. It’s also important to note that you should create redirects one-on-one and any other tactic should be done on a case by case basis or you can risk it negatively affecting your SEO.
Most websites will at one point or another need to create a 301 redirect. As your business or blog grows, you’ll find that some pages need to change or be removed – which will require a 301 redirect to send that old URL to a new, more relevant one.
A 301 redirect is not a bad thing to have and is mostly good for SEO when used appropriately. Keep in mind that 301 redirects are not the only way to modify your URLs. Rather than a 301 redirect, you could set up a temporary 302 redirect and meta refresh.
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