Internal URL redirects back to itself

This means that the URL in question has a redirect which points back at itself (e.g. URL 1 -> URL 1).

Why is this important?

This is bad for SEO as search engine crawlers will be unable to access the page content to index it. It is also bad for users, who will be shown an error page (e.g. 'Website redirected you too many times').

Redirects too many times

What does the Hint check?

This Hint will trigger for any internal URL which returns a HTTP status code of 3XX, where the destination URL is the URL in question.

Examples that trigger this Hint:

Consider the URL: https://example.com/page-a

The Hint would trigger for this URL if it was a redirect pointing to: https://example.com/page-a

How do you resolve this issue?

This scenario creates a dead-end for users and search engine crawlers alike, and needs to be resolved.

The solution is one of two things:

  1. If the page should not be redirected in the first place, simply change the HTTP response to 200.
  2. If, however, it should be a redirect, but the destination URL is incorrect, then you will need to correct the destination URL, and identify all the incoming links so you can also point those as the destination URL.

How do you get more data from Sitebulb?

From the URL List, you can click on the 'URL Details' button for any individual URL. The URL Details panel would show this as:

URL Redirects to itself

You can also then view the Incoming Links, which will need to be updated to the destination URL, in solution #2 above:

Incoming Links to Redirect URL

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