Link redirection, or link forwarding, is best handled using a 301 redirect, which is a code for SEOs, bots, and search engines (like Google) that is basically saying: "This page is permanently moved to 'that' location. Please go there."
In terms of a URL shortener, we use the 301 redirect to forward a user from the short link location, to the destination URL location. So, for example, from a nice legible:
to our full URL including UTM parameters:
The 301 redirect ensures that the "link juice" or SEO value of the link remains intact, thus making short links safe for use within blog posts and websites, if needed, without worrying about a devaluation of the link quality.
This article is about:
- 301 Redirects
- How redirects are handled in Rebrandly
- link redirection