Was wondering this...
If I set the 301 to redirect in 15 seconds, or 30 seconds, and the page completes load in .2, for instance, will SEs still count the redirect?
But...if it's in PHP or another unseen way, I wonder...b/c then there's no way to scrape the actual 301 by SEs and it's not like doing it through Apache.
" Is there a such thing as a hidden 301?" I guess I'm asking. And of course, most importantly, if you don't want them to count as redirects, what is the minimum duration of wait time that would NOT count?
What about other automatic forwards, or 301s, you can create when a certain condition is met? Would they count?
I can't think of a utility for such, but one example might be if a user fails a contact form X times, and you set a cookie to keep track, you can 301 if and only if, the cookie indicates the user has failed X times.
Such a 301 would be all but invisible to SEs...