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Mark Taylor

General Tech Talk  - 
 
Question - If a business has collected a reasonable number of customer reviews using a third party partner (Feefo, TrustPilot etc) but has not previously added them to their website, will Google see this as a problem if a product page goes from zero to 10+ reviews between the page being indexed?
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All are genuine. 
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Nikhil Raj

Google & Bing Tools  - 
 
I was tracking the sitemap index numbers for all the files I have submitted using Search Console. Noticed that in some weeks when I compare it with the last week, the index numbers goes down for the sitemap files, in the range of a few thousands. Any idea why this might be the case? Why would a page in the index get removed? There is no change in robots.txt, meta robots tag, canonical link.
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Google is pretty clever, the algo behind it is constantly improving and adapting. To check everything follow these steps


Install SEO tools for Excel

Open the XML sitemap in Excel (literally copy and paste the URL into the open dialoge box )

- Check the canonical = the url
- Check the headers
- Check the title tags for duplication
- Check the meta robots

No issues? It maybe that when google crawled your site you had some pages returning an unexpected response, it should tell you this in crawl errors.

Finally it may simply be that this site has "too much" content for Google to index, if your PageRank is low and your number of pages is high that can cause this, but it is pretty unlikely.

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Katherine Watier Ong

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Headless browsing?
I'm attempting to fix a site in Angular JS 1, and while I fell as though I'm relatively technical, I don't have a developer background.

Does anyone know of any resources for me to get to speed with using a headless browser to check the site? I've checked out the PhantomJS site, but the next steps on that site are not very clear.

I've read all of the posts on the Build Visible site, and some of the articles by Mike King, but I still feel a bit lost about how to really crawl this thing and capture all of the issues.

Is setting up prerender.io really the best first step and then crawl after that's set up? The site has clean URLs, but no <meta name="fragment" content="!"> in the head....
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Shelly Cihan

Google & Bing Tools  - 
 
Does anyone have thoughts on how important sitemap submissions are for Bing? We have always built ours in .txt format which has never been an issue for Google or Bing but now Bing is not supporting them per a (very rude) customer support tech named Robert (though their interface says they still accept them). Their suggestion is to convert them all to .xml but we are talking about a lot of websites, time, and effort. We have seen a slow but steady drop in traffic from Bing and I am wondering if the sitemaps have something to do with this or if it is a general lack of use of Bing. Our core keyword rankings are still strong so I know that isn't the problem. Would love anyone's thoughts
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Its just a matter of time before XML becomes the only format, might as well start converting them over.
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Nikhil Raj

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For the usage rights filter in Google Images, to enable it for my images should I add the license property for schema Image Object. Does it work? Or is it based on Google's classification of websites? Any one knows..
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Found 3 ways. 1) rel=copyright in header 2) rel-license microformat 3) license for ImageObject schema Hope this works!
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Dave Ashworth

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Correct Alternate Language Implementation

I have a site that currently runs on .com and targets everywhere - it gets traffic primarily from the UK, then the US and plenty from France, Germany, Australia etc

We're about to launch a new US site in a subfolder, so we'd have

www.domain.com/us/ for the US
www.domain.com for everywhere else

So I believe the alternate language tags would be as follows:

<link rel="alternate" hreflang="x-default" href="http://www.domain.com" />
<link rel="alternate" hreflang="en-us" href="http://www.domain.com/us" />

I am thinking x-default because, although the main site is in English, the home page doesn't have language selectors for other languages such as French / German, I don't want to specify this as:

<link rel="alternate" hreflang="en" href="http://www.domain.com" />

As I don't want to run the risk of losing non english traffic, as they get it and it converts

Is this the right way to do things?
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I would use the hreflang="en" link, since the content is in English.
Let's not illude ourselves Google cannot recognize English content: hreflang purpose it to pick the best content for users' localization, and not much for ranking. You can leave the "x-default" one, doesn't hurt; in my opinion doesn't help either in this case.
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karl Jenkins

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I have a question about an e-commerce platform I'm currently working on.

I'm struggling with large amounts of product pages with very little onpage content other than the product descriptions themselves. My issue is that where the product is the same with only variations such as pack size, flavours etc. all the descriptions are essentially the same.

My question - how will Google view this? Is this duplicate content? If so do I need to make each description as unique as possible? I son't want to canonicalise anything as I want each page to rank as highly as I can.
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+karl Jenkins if you still getting duplication problem, It is better to convert all your duplicate content into images. So you no need to use canonical tag or no need to rewrite content for all pages but while doing that do proper onpage on each and every page on your website.
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Nikhil Raj

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Hi Guys, Please could you check my post regarding hacked content on Webmaster Central forum https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/webmasters/AL-w4_vv-Oc Not sure what I should do! The website is not hacked! +John Mueller +Gary Illyes
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Search Console now says there is no hacked content in WWW. I hope within a few days these wrong notices will be removed from DE domain also. I have filed a review again for DE +John Mueller
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Olivier Perbet

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Hey all.
I've got an old domain for which a few backlinks are of this sort:
www.oldsite com/index.php?param

Those backlinks redirect to 

www.newsite com/?param

How can I redirect every URL with a simple ? parameter to a specific URL, in the .htaccess? I've tried a number of methods from Github and co, to no success.
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Nope, but indeed lots of trial and error was involved. Thanks for that extra link, I'll get back to it!
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Trey Collier

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htcaccess file getting large with all the 301 redirects from discontinued products or revised ones.       Old pages without 301 would produce a 404.       How long should we keep these old pages with 301 in htaccess file before we can remove it as far as google is concerned?   Ping +John Mueller +Gary Illyes 
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Trey Collier's profile photoWilliam Harvey's profile photo
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Marketing? this is a technical SEO discussion group looking to assist people that have issues. My comment is based on the fact that we're all busy and willing to assist yet your focus and contradictions are coming from Twitter which we're not privy too. 
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Andrea Moro

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Anyone who recently worked with Cyrillic URLs redirections?
Just interested to find out whether you followed the RFC encoding the characters in the http location header field.
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That's what I've normally seen doing
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Katherine Watier Ong

Technical Audits  - 
 
Is transcraping a penalty?

My gut says yes, but I wanted to check with others. I have a client whose business model is to take news in Arabic, translate it to English and publish it without any additional commentary.

That's scraping, correct?
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Well, it's hard to be penalized with human translation
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Katherine Watier Ong

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I have a question for the group as I've never seen this before.

It's a site that uses Angular JS (version 1) and the crawl is showing infinite 302 redirects, but the redirects are all to the same URL?

Here's an example: https://www.razoo.com/us/story/Armco-Park-Foundation

Has anyone seen this before? What causes it and how do I counsel the client on how to fix it?
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+Nicholas Chimonas​ thanks for helping me figure it out!
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Dave Ashworth

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Geo-Targetting

Have a site that whilst it's primarily UK traffic (50%), it also gets traffic from the US (20%) and around Europe (1-4% per country), so is ranking well enough across all locations. The language tags etc are set to EN, whilst a US targeting site is due to be launched.

For one reason or another, ahead of the US site launch, the geo targeting has recently been set to UK within Search Console.

In doing so, would you expect:

- an improvement in UK performance, and/or
- a drop in performance for France, Germany etc.
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Kathy Alice Brown's profile photoThomas Zickell's profile photo
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The site has to be built for geo-targeting using either

I would like the others strongly recommend Hreflang their are many ways to implement it and not knowing your current setup I could not give you any more information other than that.

Hreflang will help you target other countries much more easily than using search consoles geo-targeting.


Like most have said you must add Hreflang https://moz.com/learn/seo/hreflang-tag

Your site having a setup for EN English does not make that big of a difference.

Remember if you're going to target the United States the small differences the way words are spelled or used is extremely important to differentiate yourself from the United Kingdom.

Also remember the correct hreflang-tag for the United Kingdom is en-GB

(as uk is Ukraine)

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Florence Auréart

Technical Audits  - 
 
Hi everyone,

Do you think our dear GoogleBot would follow the link as coded below ?

jQuery(document).ready(function($) {
$('.liencliquable').bind('click', function() {
destination = $(this).parent().parent().find('div.zoneContenu h2 > a').attr("href");
document.location.href = destination;
});
});

Many thanks.
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Mark Marino

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Not necessarily. The red lock icon happens to 2 of our 3 websites and only on Chrome to some (not all) visitors. All 3 websites have valid SSL certs through Network Solutions and CSR through Rackspace and get an A- rating on Qualys SSL Labs. This only happens on Chrome so I think Chrome needs to fix their versions; I'm handcuffed and am out of solutions for this Chrome issue.
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Federico Sasso's profile photoMarinus Klap's profile photo
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I use Firefox now, there everything works perfect, bye bye chrome, it was a good browser!
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Mark Marino

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https red locks on Chrome... this is (and has been) happening to 2 of our 3 eCommerce sites. The invalid SSL warnings are intermittent and only with some Chrome users. I cannot replicate but others in my office (shared IP) do.

All 3 of the sites' SSLs score an "A-" rating and it's only happening with comlax.com and puregoalie.com -- not purehockey.com

https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest/analyze.html?d=www.puregoalie.com

We reissued a CSR and SSl Cert for Pure Goalie two-weeks ago, but I don't think that helped anything.

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Andrea Moro

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Without searching on internet, what in your opinion is the "right" definition of "site architecture"?

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Paul Kenjora's profile photoDave Ashworth's profile photo
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pages and content categorised correctly in a hierarchical fashion, and them navigation to them "easy" for both users and bots
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Dave Ashworth

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What do you do with regards 404s and 301s?

And in particular relating to ecommerce categories and products.

In the past, I have always been inclined to redirect deleted products to their parent categories, deleted categories to their most relevant parent category, or the home page.

Partly as it seemed good SEO, partly as Google Search Console reports "Not Found" under the "Crawl ERRORS" section, with the option to "Mark As FIXED" - which I considered to be when the URL  no longer serves a 404.

Then I read this, which suggest in some cases, like removing old categories and products, you might be better off just leaving them to 404:

http://www.hobo-web.co.uk/should-i-301-redirect-old-product-pages-to-existing-category-pages/

That's how I understood it, and +John Mueller cited the article as a good write up.

So what do you do?
Take care of your 301 redirects....
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Amel Mehenaoui's profile photoKathy Alice Brown's profile photo
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Redirecting to a parent category page is probably fine, but I would be careful about redirecting to the home page. At that point you are no longer serving up a good experience to the user (specific search gets a general result which is not what the user wants).

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Ray Cassidy

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Redirection Puzzle - it's got me puzzled anyhow!

But then I'm a bear of very little brain!

The finished website has just been converted from an old aspx affair to a wordpress site. Some directory structures have changed significantly; there appears to be a load of older medical articles that have not been added back in and it sounds unlikely that they will be.

The htaccess file starts with ithemes security's code, Followed by the main wordpress block and I have added the user redirects to the final section of the htaccess file . I have been through the redirects and rewrites line by line to verify them and the following sections are giving me problems. This is probably my aging brain simply failing to grasp basic logic.

If I can tap into anybody's wisdom for a bit of help I would appreciate it. My eyes and brain are gone to jelly. I have used htaccesscheck.com to check out the underlying syntax and ironed out the basic errors that I had previously missed. The bulk of the redirects are working correctly.
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# In the first section of redirects, 2 adjacent lines: one works and one doesn't! I've checked the destination URLs are accurate and the original URL paths are as crawled on the old site. I can discern no reason for the different result.
Line 299 redirect 301 /Contactus.aspx http://www.SITENAME.ac.uk/about/contact-us/ (Doesn't work)


Line 300 redirect 301 /Feedback.aspx http://www.SITENAME.ac.uk/about/contact-us/ (Works)

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#Here there are some very long media URLs which are absent on the new site and I am simply redirecting visiting spiders to the page that will hold media in future. Media items refuse to redirect
Line 408 redirect 301 /Professionals/Biomedicalforum/Recordedfora/Rich%20Media%20http:/kplayer.kcl.ac.uk/ess/echo/presentation/15885525-ff02-4ab2-b0b9-9ba9d97ca266 http://www.SITENAME.ac.uk/biomedical-forum/recorded-fora/

Line 409 redirect 301 /Professionals/Biomedicalforum/Recordedfora/Quicktime%20http:/kplayer.kcl.ac.uk/ess/echo/presentation/15885525-ff02-4ab2-b0b9-9ba9d97ca266/media.m4v http://www.SITENAME.ac.uk/biomedical-forum/recorded-fora/

Line 410 redirect 301 /Professionals/Biomedicalforum/Recordedfora/Mp3%20http:/kplayer.kcl.ac.uk/ess/echo/presentation/15885525-ff02-4ab2-b0b9-9ba9d97ca266/media.mp3 http://www.SITENAME.ac.uk/biomedical-forum/recorded-fora/

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#Old site pagination URLs redirected to new news top level page - Here I am simply pointing all the pagination URLs for the news section, that were indexed, to the main news page. These work but append the pagination code on to the new visible URL. Have I got the syntax correct in this version of the lines to suppress the appended garbage?

RewriteRule ^/LatestNews.aspx(?:.*) http://www.SITENAME.ac.uk/news-events/latest-news/? [R=301,L]
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# In this section - I am redirecting old article urls to the identical material in the new website which is in a completely different folder structure, but has retained the same file name without the .aspx extension. I have double checked each originating path and each destination URL and they check out but deliver a 404 page instead of redirecting successfully. (APART From 1 URL where I have highlighted it with the ~~~ in the order it appears in the succession)

redirect 301 /Blab/Blabbitall/1935/new-immunotherapy-trial-launched.aspx http://www.SITENAME.ac.uk/1935/03/20/new-immunotherapy-trial-launched-to-test-cancer-vaccine/

~~~redirect 301 /Blab/Blabbitall/1935/bun-fight-South-cabbage-doctoral-support-funding.aspx http://www.SITENAME.ac.uk/1935/01/14/bun-fight-south-cabbage-doctoral-support-funding/

redirect 301 /Blab/Blabbitall/1934/benjamin-Franklin-honoured-in-launch-of-state-of-the-art-computing-facility.aspx http://www.SITENAME.ac.uk/1935/01/14/benjamin-franklin-honoured-in-launch-of-state-of-the-art-computing-facility-2/

redirect 301 /Blab/Blabbitall/1934/Scientists-genetically-engineer-patients-own-cells-to-attack-cancer.aspx http://www.SITENAME.ac.uk/1934/12/14/scientists-genetically-engineer-patients-own-cells-to-attack-cancer/

redirect 301 /Blab/Blabbitall/1935/Simple-test-could-improve-treatment-for-biggest-leukaemia-killer.aspx http://www.SITENAME.ac.uk/1935/01/14/simple-test-could-improve-treatment-for-biggest-leukaemia-killer/

redirect 301 /Blab/Blabbitall/1935/clinical-training-fellowship-open-for-applications.aspx http://www.SITENAME.ac.uk/1935/01/14/clinical-training-fellowship-open-for-applications/

redirect 301 /Blab/Blabbitall/knights-Health-Partners-awarded-Comprehensive-Cancer-Centre-status.aspx http://www.SITENAME.ac.uk/1935/01/02/knights-health-partners-awarded-comprehensive-cancer-centre-status/

redirect 301 /Blab/Blabbitall/1934/New-BRC-funding-competition-launched.aspx http://www.SITENAME.ac.uk/1935/02/14/new-brc-funding-competition-launched/

redirect 301 /Blab/Blabbitall/1934/Cell-and-gene-therapy-project-gets-underway.aspx http://www.SITENAME.ac.uk/1935/01/14/cell-and-gene-therapy-project-gets-underway/

redirect 301 /Blab/Blabbitall/1934/Obesity-research-funding-call.aspx http://www.SITENAME.ac.uk/1934/12/14/obesity-research-funding-call/

redirect 301 /Blab/Blabbitall/1934/German-partner-boosts-pioneering-work.aspx http://www.SITENAME.ac.uk/1935/03/16/german-partner-boosts-pioneering-work/

redirect 301 /Blab/Blabbitall/1934/New-chief-operating-officer-in-post.aspx http://www.SITENAME.ac.uk/1935/03/14/new-chief-operating-officer-takes-up-post/

redirect 301 /Blab/Blabbitall/1934/Government-announces-RD-budget-is-protected.aspx http://www.SITENAME.ac.uk/1935/02/02/government-announces-rd-budget-is-protected/

redirect 301 /Blab/Blabbitall/1934/MSc-in-Genomics-launched-at-knights-College-cabbage-with-help-from-BRC.aspx http://www.SITENAME.ac.uk/1934/11/14/msc-in-genomics-launched-at-knights-college-cabbage-with-help-from-brc/

redirect 301 /Blab/Blabbitall/1934/Scientists-unravel-more-of-the-genetic-puzzle-surrounding-lupus.aspx http://www.SITENAME.ac.uk/1934/10/14/scientists-unravel-more-of-the-genetic-puzzle-surrounding-lupus/

redirect 301 /Blab/Blabbitall/1934/New-trials-to-revolutionise-diabetes-treatment.aspx http://www.SITENAME.ac.uk/1934/09/22/new-trials-to-revolutionise-diabetes-treatment/

redirect 301 /Blab/Blabbitall/1934/Blood-pressure-device-is-a-top-lifesaver.aspx http://www.SITENAME.ac.uk/1934/08/22/blood-pressure-device-is-a-top-lifesaver/

redirect 301 /Blab/Blabbitall/1934/Brain-activity-sheds-light-on-ADHD-persistence-and-recovery.aspx http://www.SITENAME.ac.uk/1934/08/10/brain-activity-sheds-light-on-adhd-persistence/

redirect 301 /Blab/Blabbitall/1934/gestational-diabetes-in-obese-women.aspx http://www.SITENAME.ac.uk/1934/07/09/gestational-diabetes-in-obese-women/

redirect 301 /Blab/Blabbitall/1934/Stem-cell-therapy-for-inherited-skin-blistering.aspx http://www.SITENAME.ac.uk/1934/05/26/stem-cell-therapy-for-inherited-skin-blistering/

redirect 301 /Blab/Blabbitall/1934/Pioneering-drug-tested-that-aims-to-prevent-arthritis.aspx http://www.SITENAME.ac.uk/1934/04/17/pioneering-drug-tested-that-aims-to-prevent-arthritis/

redirect 301 /Blab/Blabbitall/1935/new-BRC-newsletter-launched-.aspx http://www.SITENAME.ac.uk/news-events/latest-news/
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#Old site 1934 unmatched articles redirected to new news top level page: In this section I became coonfused about whether to use Redirect Match or RewriteRule to point the articles in each year directory back to the top level news page. Currently I'm getting a 404 for any of the old URLs in these year by year directories instead of a successful redirect. I suspect Regex lingo is not for old farts like me ;-) My logic here was rewrite any aspx file in the directory to the latest news page at the top. Initially it was thought that there would be a need to redirect a group of articles to an archive on the new website. However the client is being indecisive on this issue and I need to correct the 404s created by these commands. This is my latest attempt to rectify the fault. Am I nearer with my syntax.

RewriteRule ^/Blab/Blabbitall/1934/(.*)/.aspx http://www.SITENAME.ac.uk/news-events/latest-news/ [R=301,L]

#------Old site 1933 unmatched articles redirected to new news top level page

RewriteRule ^/Blab/Blabbitall/1933/(.*)/.aspx http://www.SITENAME.ac.uk/news-events/latest-news/ [R=301,L]

#------Old site 1932 unmatched articles redirected to new news top level page

RewriteRule ^/Blab/Blabbitall/1932/(.*)/.aspx http://www.SITENAME.ac.uk/news-events/latest-news/ [R=301,L]

#------Old site 1931 unmatched articles redirected to new news top level page

RewriteRule ^/Blab/Blabbitall/1931/(.*)/.aspx http://www.SITENAME.ac.uk/news-events/latest-news/ [R=301,L]

#------Old site 1930 unmatched articles redirected to new news top level page

RewriteRule ^/Blab/Blabbitall/1930/(.*)/.aspx http://www.SITENAME.ac.uk/news-events/latest-news/ [R=301,L]

redirect 301 /News/Events/EventsCalendar.aspx http://www.SITENAME.ac.uk/news-events/events/

RewriteRule ^/Blab/Blabbitall/1930/ http://www.SITENAME.ac.uk/news-events/events/ [R=301,L]

#Redirected these to main education URL

redirect 301 /Resources/branding/BRCacknowledgementuseofBRCresources04071931.pdf http://www.SITENAME.ac.uk/education-training/

redirect 301 /Resources/Professionals/Supportservices/james-lind-glossary-of-research-terms.pdf http://www.SITENAME.ac.uk/education-training/

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