How to Redirect Links in Bulk Using a CSV File

Would you like to know how to redirect links in bulk using a CSV file?

Doing so is a fantastic way of managing bulk redirects and automating complex workflows. It’s also a great way to ensure you can easily maintain a version history of your redirects.

In this article, we’ll show you how to redirect links in bulk using a CSV file.

What is a Redirect?

A redirect is essentially a way to send users and search engines to a URL (web address) different from the one they originally requested. It’s like a forwarding service for web pages. Imagine you move to a new house, but you want people to be able to find you. You leave a note at your old address telling them where they can still reach you. Redirects work similarly on the web.

Example of a redirect in AIOSEO.

In the example above, we’re redirecting the Source URL (previous address) to the Target URL (new address).

Bulk link redirection is useful when you need to update or change the destination URLs for a large number of links. This can be necessary during website migrations, rebranding, or when restructuring a website’s content. Doing so manually would take a long time. Not only that, but that opens you up to errors. That’s why the best way to implement bulk redirects is to automate it using a tool. 

Ready to redirect links in bulk?

Here’s a simple 3-step method for doing so using a CSV file.

Step 1: Install and Activate All In One SEO

The first step to redirecting links in bulk using a CSV file is downloading and installing All In One SEO (AIOSEO). 

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AIOSEO is a powerful, easy-to-use SEO plugin boasting over 3 million active installs. That means millions of smart bloggers and marketers use AIOSEO to help them boost their search engine rankings and drive qualified traffic to their blogs. The plugin has many powerful features and modules designed to help you properly configure your SEO settings.

Regarding redirecting links in bulk, AIOSEO has a powerful Redirection Manager. This game-changing tool helps you manage redirects and eliminate 404 errors, making it easier for search engines to crawl and index your site. It also helps ensure a positive UX for your site visitors.

AIOSEO’s Redirection Manager can also upload redirect links from a CSV file.

AIOSEO enables you to import redirects from a CSV file.

This makes it super easy to manage bulk bulk redirects.

For step-by-step instructions on how to install AIOSEO, check out our installation guide.

Other examples of features include:

  • Cornerstone Content: Easily build topic clusters and enhance your topical authority and semantic SEO strategy.
  • Author SEO: Easily demonstrate Google’s E-E-A-T in WordPress.
  • Search Statistics: This powerful Google Search Console integration lets you track your keyword rankings and see important SEO metrics with 1-click, and more.
  • SEO Revisions: Track any changes you make to your site and see their impact on your SEO. Plus, you get to see on a timeline how Google updates affect your site.
  • Advanced Robots.txt Generator: Easily generate and customize your robots.txt file for better crawling and indexing. 
  • TruSEO Highlighter: Makes it easy to spot on-page SEO issues and gives recommendations for fixing them.
  • Next-gen Schema generator: This no-code schema generator enables users to generate and output any schema markup on your site.
  • Link Assistant: Powerful internal linking tool that automates building links between pages on your site. It also gives you an audit of outbound links.
  • SEO Preview: This gives you an overview of your search and social snippets and general SEO so you can improve your optimization.
  • IndexNow: For fast indexing on search engines that support the IndexNow protocol (like Bing and Yandex).
  • Sitemap generator: Automatically generate different types of sitemaps to notify all search engines of any updates on your site.
  • And more.

AIOSEO also has many other features to help you boost your local SEO, on-page SEO, and technical SEO

Step 2: Create a Bulk Redirect List 

The next step to redirecting links in bulk is to create your redirect list. There are 2 ways you can do this:


Using a spreadsheet, collect the data you need about your redirect links. 

Sample spreadsheet with redirect links.

The columns needed include:

  • Source URL
  • Target URL
  • Redirect Type
  • Ignore Slash
  • Ignore Case
  • Regex

Download it as a CSV file once you’ve added all the necessary information. 

Using a Redirection Plugin

Many redirection plugins allow you to download a list of your redirect links as a CSV file.

Using a redirection plugin to redirect links using a CSV file.

Simply look for the option to export your redirects and select CSV as your file format.

Step 3: Upload Your CSV File

Once you’ve downloaded the CSV file with your redirect links, the next step is to upload it. To do so, go to the AIOSEO menu » Redirects » Import/Export. Click Choose a File and select your CSV file from your computer.

Import/Export tab in the Redirection Manger.

Next, click Import.

And that’s it!

You’ve redirected links in bulk using a CSV file. 

Link redirection using a CSV file involves mapping existing URLs to new destination URLs in a structured CSV (Comma-Separated Values) file. This file is then used to automate the process of updating or redirecting multiple links simultaneously.

One of the best tools for performing link redirection is All In One SEO (AIOSEO). It has a powerful Redirection Manager that makes redirecting URLs super easy.

We hope this post has helped you learn how to bulk redirect links using a CSV file. You may also want to check out other articles on our blog, like our tutorial on setting up bulk 301 redirects or our ultimate guide to redirecting a WordPress site.

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Kato is one of those rare unicorns born with a pen in his hand—so the legend says. He’s authored 2 books and produced content for hundreds of brands. When he’s not creating content for AIOSEO, you’ll find him either watching tech videos on YouTube or playing with his kids. And if you can’t find him, he’s probably gone camping.

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