Support » Plugin: Redirection » Regex redirect impacting SEO?

  • Resolved Ras


    Hey John, thank you for your fantastic plugin. We use (and recommend) it as our default to everyone.

    Our question is, I hope, an easy one for you.

    Currently, we’ve set redirects with some old links like this:

    FROM: /asx-shares/(.*)
    TO: /asx/$1/

    Example outcome: /asx-shares/[tag-page-1] –> /asx/[tag-page-1]

    We’ve set it to regex, and as 301. This way, Google and Bing will see the new URL and note that the old URL has moved permanently.

    We have not used an anchor (^).

    The problem we’re having is that Google now believes we’ve redirected the NEW (or target) URL. It says it was not indexed but not because of error, it was redirected.

    The pages in questions were have been crawled this week and we’ve checked all of our sitemaps.

    We don’t expect you to ‘solve’ our SEO crisis (haha) but if can note anything obvious or if you have come across this before that would be great.

    We run on Flywheel servers, so we don’t use .htaccess but instead operate on Nginx.


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  • Thread Starter Ras


    Update: I think it’s a greedy expression:

    i.e. the URLs are too similar. I will check back in after a day or week or so to help other users if it solves our Search Console issues.

    Plugin Author John Godley


    It is unlikely to be because it’s a greedy expression, and the URLs you mentioned are not similar enough to be affected by that.

    I couldn’t say what the problem is, and it’s possible that it isn’t related to the redirect.

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