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Meta Redirect

A meta redirect is an HTML technique used to automatically redirect a user from one web page to another after a specified period.

This is accomplished using the “meta” tag with the “http-equiv” attribute set to “refresh” and the “content” attribute set to the desired time delay and the target URL.

While meta redirects can be useful for certain scenarios, they are generally not recommended for SEO purposes.

Impact on SEO

Meta redirects can have a negative impact on search engine optimization for several reasons:

  • Slower Page Load Time: Meta redirects introduce a delay before the user is taken to the desired page, leading to a slower user experience, which can hurt your SEO efforts.
  • Crawling and Indexing Issues: Search engines may have trouble crawling and indexing pages with meta redirects, resulting in those pages not being properly indexed or ranked.
  • Duplicate Content: Using meta redirects can lead to duplicate content issues if search engines index both the original and redirected pages.

Instead of using meta redirects, it’s recommended to use HTTP 301 (permanent) or 302 (temporary) redirects, which are more SEO-friendly and provide a better user experience.

Example of a Meta Redirect

Here’s an example of an HTML code snippet using a meta redirect:

<!DOCTYPE html>
  <title>Old Page</title>
  <meta http-equiv="refresh" content="5;url=">
  <!-- Page content goes here -->

In this example, the user will be redirected to “” after a 5-second delay.

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