Can I import redirects?

Last update: 23 March, 2017

Yes, since Yoast SEO Premium version 1.1, you have the option to import your redirects from popular redirect plugins, like Redirection, or from the .htaccess file.

From SEO → Tools → Import & Export, you can find the option to import redirects.

Import from a supported redirect plugin

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Log in to your WordPress website. When you're logged in, you will be in your 'Dashboard'. On the left-hand side, you will see a menu. In that menu, click on 'SEO'.
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The 'SEO' settings will expand providing you additional options. Click on 'Tools'.

If you do not see this option, please enable advanced features.

Yoast SEO > Tools

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Click on 'Import and Export'.

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Select the 'Import redirects' tab.
Yoast SEO > Tools > Import and Export > Import redirects
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Select the redirect plugin your using.
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Click 'Import redirects'.
CSV or spreadsheet importing is not available at this time. However, the Redirection plugin offers a CSV import which can then be imported into Yoast SEO Premium.

Import From the .htaccess file

1
Log in to your WordPress website. When you're logged in, you will be in your 'Dashboard'. On the left-hand side, you will see a menu. In that menu, click on 'SEO'.
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The 'SEO' settings will expand providing you additional options. Click on 'Tools'.
Yoast SEO > Tools
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Click on 'Import and Export'.

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Select the 'Import redirects' tab.

Yoast SEO > Tools > Import and Export > Import redirects

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Copy the contents of the .htaccess file that contains the redirect commands into the white box. Redirects must be in one of the following formats:
# Plain Redirect Form
# Redirect [type of redirect, e.g. 301] [source] [target]

Redirect 301 /family/ /school/

# In this example, if a user lands on /family/ (the source)
# they are redirected to /school/ (the target).


# REGEX Redirect Format
# RedirectMatch [type of redirect, e.g. 301] [source] [target]

RedirectMatch 301 /rain /sunny/

# If you go to example.com/rain, you would be redirected to mydomain.com/sunny/
# However, the same goes for example.com/in-the-rain or example.com/draining.
# Both would be redirected to example.com/sunny/
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Click 'Import .htaccess'.

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