Question: How do you set up a 301 redirect on GoDaddy?


Setting up a 301 redirect on GoDaddy is essential for SEO when you are moving your site's content permanently to a new URL. A 301 redirect is a permanent redirection from one URL to another, helping you maintain your search rankings and direct traffic to the correct address. Here's how to set it up using GoDaddy's interface:

Step 1: Access Your GoDaddy Account

Log in to your GoDaddy account and navigate to the 'My Products' section. From there, select 'Manage' next to the domain you want to configure.

Step 2: Manage DNS Settings

Once you're in the domain management area, scroll down to the 'Additional Settings' section and click on 'Manage DNS'.

Step 3: Forwarding Settings

In the DNS Management page, look for the 'Forwarding' section. Here, you can add or manage URL forwarding.

To Set Up a New Redirect:

  1. Click on 'Add' next to 'Domain' or 'Subdomain'.
  2. In the 'Forward to' field, enter the URL where you want to redirect traffic.
  3. Under 'Redirect type', choose 'Permanent (301)'.
  4. If necessary, adjust the settings under 'Forward Settings'. You can choose between 'Forward only', which redirects the visitor but keeps the original URL in the browser’s address bar, and 'Forward with masking', which keeps your domain in the web address bar and displays the destination URL's content.
  5. Save your changes.

Step 4: Confirm Changes

It may take some time for the changes to propagate across the internet. Typically, DNS changes can take up to 48 hours to fully take effect globally.

By following these steps, you have successfully set up a 301 redirect for your domain hosted on GoDaddy. This ensures that any links pointing to the old URL will seamlessly redirect visitors to the new location without affecting your site's SEO performance.

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