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How to Stop 301 Redirects And Remove a Dead Diamond Post

  • paulgian
    Participant

    @paulgian

    Hi,

    Google Webmaster tools is giving me a message in HTML improvements that I have duplicate tags/descriptions on 2 of my pages.

    The issue started when I created a post with the wrong url permalink.

    the-perfect-1-5-carats-diamond-for-a-loved-on

    If you click the link now, it redirects to this http://onlinediamondbuyingguide.com/blog/recommendations/2012/12/the-perfect-1-5-carats-diamond-for-a-loved-one/

    There was a missing letter at the end and I corrected it by adding an “e” to the end of the string. A few weeks down the road, Google is telling me that i have duplicated text. I tried logging on via ftp to search and delete the old created file “the-perfect-1-5-carats-diamond-for-a-loved-on” but couldn’t find it in my ftp server.

    Is it residing somewhere else and how do I get rid of the old file instead of having it automatically redirected and causing issues in webmaster tools?

    Thanks alot!

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  • Looks like you are using a redirection plugin, I curled your linked URL and it returns a 200 code (that’s fine), then removed the last ‘e’ and it returns a 301 code (permanent) redirection to your linked URL (the one with loved-one/ at the end).

    paulgian
    Participant

    @paulgian

    ok. i seemed to have identified the issue and traced it back to the plugin – Platinum SEO. Even after i uncheck the box for “Automatically do 301 redirects for permalink changes:”, the redirection still persists.

    Would you have any idea on how to go about overwriting or deleting the redirection?

    Thanks alot

    No idea, probably you could have better luck in support forum of the plugin, try searching previous posts there.

    lolcaption
    Member

    @lolcaption

    From the above post it looks like everything’s fine. Perhaps Google just hasn’t picked up the redirection yet.

    You could check your .htaccess file as Platinum SEO likely created a rule there. You could delete that rule but then if you do any search engines or inbound links to your new URL (……diamond-for-a-loved-one/) will then fail. And I’d say that 404 would be worse than a duplicate content warning.

    Alternatively, you could change the redirect to go the other way and redirect “…..diamond-for-a-loved-one/” –> “…..diamond-for-a-loved-on/” that should cover both scenarios.

    @lolcaption that looks like a way to looping a redirection forever.

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