Most website and blog owners should have ample knowledge about 301 Redirect, 302 Redirect and Meta Tags/Meta refresh. If not… have a look at them in detail.
301 Redirect: This is a web function to redirect visitors successfully from the current page to the changed or new page or site. This option can offer a response to the visitor as the original page has moved permanently to a new location. Here, 301 Redirect helps communicate with search engines to transfer important factors such as: page rank or incoming links to the updated site.
Although, there is a chance to for various technical issues using this practice of page redirect without 301 Redirect facilities such as Duplication Filters. 301 Redirect will help the situation to a great extent through avoiding duplication filters and assisting with the link popularity for the site.
302 Redirect: 302 Redirect is primarily used for a temporary redirect. This redirection will divert the traffic from the current page to a new location with a message that the original page has been moved to a new location temporarily. This 302 Redirect is little dangerous as search engine will take some time figuring these links to the site and considers this practice as a park. This method is not advisable for blog or website owners it is to be avoided as much as possible unless you have no other choice. It is also advised not to use this Redirect for outgoing links and often search engine will identify this practice as “website hijacking”.
Meta Tags: There are few HTML tags that were written over the head section of the HTML page to convey special information. This information will not appear as text over the page. Description, title and keywords will come under this category. The Meta tag that holds valuable information and will work with the help of the meta-refresh tag. This Meta Refresh is an HTML tag that can do redirects in a way search engine can identify and react to this redirect to add up popularity to the site successfully. This is completely client side script and tags will fail to affect the search engines, which will result into positive aspect for a site or blog. Handling of these Meta Refresh tags is quite essential from the webmaster side to keep intact the current site search engine ranks. Most of the search engines will consider a fast Meta Refresh tag as same as 302, so not a preferred redirect type for a website or blog.
Having explained in detail some of the redirection options…Which is your preferred method??