Logging Redirects in All in One SEO

When you create a redirect in All in One SEO, a log will be kept each time the redirect is used.

It can be useful to know if a redirect is still being used so that you can keep it or delete it. Old redirects that are no longer used should be removed to avoid any possibility of a conflict or redirect loop.

You can set the level of information that is logged, whether the information is anonymized for GDPR compliance, and how long are the logs kept for.

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Enabling Redirect Logs

To get started, go to Redirects in the All in One SEO menu and then click on the Settings tab.

Settings tag in the Redirection Manager in All in One SEO Pro

Scroll down until you see the Logs section.

Logs section in the Settings for Redirection Manager

To log all redirects, click on the Redirect Logs toggle.

Setting Log Retention

You can then set how long logs are kept for using the drop down to the right of Redirect Logs.

Logging External Redirects

Next, you can choose whether to log redirects that happen outside of All in One SEO by clicking on the Log External Redirects toggle.

This is very useful because it logs any redirect even when there’s no redirection set up in All in One SEO, so it gives you one place where you can see any time a visitor is redirected on your site.

Logging HTTP Header Information

Next, you can choose whether to include HTTP header information in the logs by clicking on the Log HTTP Header Information toggle.

By default, All in One SEO will only log the date and time the redirect happened and the IP address of the visitor.

Basic log entry for a redirect in Redirection Manager

When you enable Log HTTP Header Information, All in One SEO will display more detailed information about the visitor, including browser type and version, browser language, etc.

HTML header information including in log entry for a redirect in Redirection Manager

Logging IP Addresses

Next, you can decide whether you want to log IP addresses or not, and whether to anonymize them for GDPR compliance.

In the IP Logging section, click on the Log IP Addresses to enable this.

IP Logging section in Redirection Manager Settings

Now click on the drop down to select whether you want to Anonymize IP addresses or not.

If you choose to anonymize IP addresses for privacy then All in One SEO will display the last number in IP addresses as a zero.

Viewing and Deleting Individual Logs

Now that you’ve set up logging, click on the Logs tab to view the redirect logs.

Logs screen in Redirection Manager

You’ll see the source URL of the redirect in the URL column, the number of times the redirect has been used in the Hits column, and the date the redirect was last used in the Last Accessed column.

You’ll also see two icons on the right side of each redirect.

Click on the Additional info icon to view the log details. This is where you’ll see HTTP header information if you’ve enabled it.

Click on the Delete icon to delete that log entry.

You can search the Logs for a URL by entering your search term in the Search field

Deleting All Logs

If you want to delete all the logs, go to Tools in the All in One SEO menu and then click on the Database Tools tab.

In the Logs section you’ll see Redirect Logs and there’ll be a Clear Redirect Logs button which will clear all the redirect logs.

Logs section under Database Tools

Check out more documentation on our Redirection Manager here.

This feature was added in All in One SEO version 4.1.0.