How to fix the Redirected Status when you Fetch as Google in Webmaster Tools

In Blogging by Fathi Arfaoui11 CommentsLast Updated: September 22nd, 2017

The Google Webmaster Tools is the only way to connect your site directly to the biggest search engine and see how the web crawlers find your content. You can see what you need to do, to make your blog or site even better, and optimized for indexing and ranking.

I was testing one of the sites that my readers submitted for optimization and found redirected status that was marked as an error when trying to fetch as Google and render as the following screenshot example

Redirected Status Fetch as Google

If you click that link on the same page in Google webmaster tools, you will get lots of information about that error. Google considers that as a 301 redirect, and show The server response code exactly.

That issue is not a problem for most of us, who tried the Google services for years. But sometimes, we miss easy things, and the problem can be completely wrong, or an issue with Google crawlers themselves. The truth is that your site does not have that redirect URL, if your pages are working properly, of course.

How to fix the redirect problem?

To fix the problem, add a single Forward slash “/” at the end of your URL to close it, and the Googlebot will fetch the page properly. In fact, it’s a Google issue, and they need to fix that wrong check.

A URL address with, or without the Forward slash, should be treated as the same. That will avoid lots of problems, That makes webmasters wasting their time with a problem that does not exist.

If you add the URL that you want to submit to Google and close it with the Forward Slash, you will get a success message, and you can submit that page to be indexed by Google. That’s valid if your page is really helpful, and contains useful information, nothing can be indexed properly without original content.

How to Fetch as Google correctly

The majority, if not all the new bloggers will start checking their sites for that supposed redirect link. That forward the Google crawlers to another page, and they spend hours, if not, days with that, and they end with nothing as a solution. Even, some of them will make risky changes to their sites, such as installing lots of plugins, codes, and so on.

If you still get the same warning from Google, and it always says the page is redirected, then, you need to verify the redirect first. Just use one of the free online redirect checker tools, such as Redirect Path or others. They can give you a real result about the page, with helpful information and error messages.

If you find a real redirect destination, then, you need to verify your domain name. If you’re using a simple domain with the “www”, make sure that the is no issues with that, I’ve talked about how to set a preferred domain name in Google webmaster tools, and you can learn how to do that properly. Google will see all your domain URL versions, as the same, with, or without the full domain name.

If you’ve installed your WordPress blog with a naked domain name such as example.com, then, make sure to solve the redirect, by defining your site domain name in the “wp.config.php” file. You can read how doing that by reading this post that will show you the tutorial with details.

What if you can’t fix the problem?

If after all that, you still get the error, then, it’s probably a problem with your server. In this case, your web hosting provider will never solve the problem, and I recommend moving your site to this premium and super fast hosting, it’s a fully managed hosting for WordPress sites only.

On the other side, I recommend InMotion Hosting for any website and application. They are professional hosting services with super fast servers that make everything better and error-free. You will forget the low quality services with your actual shared hosting, and things will be much better.

Even, if you have something wrong in your blog files, the above hosting services will scan everything and correct issues automatically. At the same time, you get a manual verification service with the first host that works for your security and website speed. So, you should get the problem solved with them.

About Fathi Arfaoui

Fathi Arfaoui: A Physicist, Blogger, and the founder and owner of Trustiko.com. He shares Business, Blogging, WordPress, Web Safety, and Blogging tips to build better websites and blogs. Also, he shares online marketing strategies and recommendations.

Comments

  1. Hi,

    thanks for the info – I tried the closing slash and it still shows “redirect” in Google WMT.

    any other ideas?

    thanks again!

    David

    1. Author

      Hi David
      can you please verify if your full domain name “with www” redirect to the simple domain and vice versa? example “www.Google.com” redirects to “Google.com” if it’s the case, then, define your main domain from the general settings in your WordPress admin area, or simply in the file manager as in this tutorial.
      I hope that helps.

  2. Hi Fathi,

    That works great buddy, thank you so much for that, I have been wondering from quite a while, but it is solved now.

    thanks
    Sudheer Tammini

  3. Hi Fathi,

    All the pages I’ve tried has redirected status in Search Console. I tried adding / solution which didn’t work for me.

    Here is a screenshot: https://imgur.com/a/XEvdh

    Also, it seems like only 13 pages are crawled whereas the website is way larger than that. Do you have any idea where I’m going wrong?

    1. Author

      Hi, Cansu, it looks like you have a sitewide domain redirect problem, check your htaccess file for any code that redirects the domain, I’m not sure about your problem as the screenshot is not enough to know where the problem comes from. Also, make sure to verify the SSL redirect, if you add a domain without SSL when it’s an SSL then, the redirect is normal, also, verify the www version of your domain, if one redirect to the other or not. If you have google chrome, search for “redirect path”, it’s a great extension that shows all the redirects happened before reaching the final URL.

      1. Also, where should I look in the Search Console to understand where does the sitewide domain redirect problem comes from? Sorry for the noob question, I’m super new to Search Console.

        1. Author

          Just click anywhere on the redirect URL link, then, you’ll get the code that Google gets and all the final URL destination. I create a test redirect for you and attached a screenshot here. You’ll see the URL you typed in Google fetch (the number 1 in the screenshot example) and the final destination (the number 2). I hope that helps.

  4. Thank you so much for the quick response. I’ll update here when I figure the problem out.

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