Meaning of internal redirect URL results

by X33   Last Updated September 16, 2018 05:04 AM

An outside company has done a technical audit of my website and in one of the reports they included was a document show cases "6,000+ internal redirects."

After reviewing the data they presented, I am a little confused on what I am looking and was curious if you guys could shed some light on what exactly is happening with these URLs.

Only a handful of them are obvious redirects, e.g.: some links where pointing to /about instead of /about/ and thus was being 301-redirected by Apache automatically.

Nearly 90-95% are like this:

  1. https://example.com/my-account/lost-password/contact/contact/privacy-policy/shipping-policy/returns-policy/returns-policy/shipping-policy/privacy-policy
  2. https://example.com/my-account/lost-password/contact/shipping-policy/shipping-policy/privacy-policy/privacy-policy/returns-policy/returns-policy/contact
  3. https://example.com/my-account/lost-password/privacy-policy
  4. https://example.com/my-account/lost-password/privacy-policy/contact
  5. https://example.com/my-account/lost-password/privacy-policy/contact/contact

(these are all 301 redirects that go to the same url, but just with an ending slash)

Let's take for example

https://example.com/my-account/lost-password/privacy-policy/contact/contact

If we start on the page my-account, then click lost-password, we are at example.com/my-account/lost-password. But if we click the link to the privacy page, the browser goes to example.com/privacy-policy/ ... not example.com/my-account/lost-password/privacy-policy/.

Would you guys have any idea how the crawlers are even getting to these URLs? Please let me know if I need to provide any more information.



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