I have done a site-wide 301 redirect using regex because of a recent permalink change I made, (dropped dates).
It seems to be working fine and plenty of hits are being registered against it. However, the so-called passing of the link juice to the new URL for Google seems to have passed me by. In short, a drop in rankings. Not sure why and I hope only temporary.
Also, I have 150 out of 1100 URLs submitted seen as duplicates. Not sure why they are being seen as duplicates but they are very old URLs going back to 2012 to 2015.
I have a few questions based on the change. The first is the .htaccess file – should the redirect created in your module not be reflected in the .htaccess? I cannot find it. I generated the backup and its in the sensitive data section. This is not in the .htaccess file on our server. Should it be or is it entirely managed in your module?
Second is, why would I be losing ranking at the same time? I have been using sites like Ubersuggest and Semrush to track keywords and suddenly SERP links have been dropped for these words for our site. When I check the SERP backlinks they point to the old address – should this not be retained with a 301?
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