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What url too use in Dmoz?
Should I use: www.site.com/index.html or yust the root

 12:10 pm on Jul 31, 2004 (gmt 0)

I dumb Q: I looke din the forums but could not find it...
Should I use: [xyzxyz.com...] or yust the root: [xyzxyz.com...]

Lets asume I submited to a lot of directories the url [xyzxyz.com...] and I submit [xyzxyz.com...] to Dmoz. Will the PR then be devided betwee those 2 pages or is it yust 1 page according to PR?
Will inbound links too [xyzxyz.com...]
be counted towords PR for the page index.html or [xyzxyz.com...] or doesn't it matter?

[edited by: skibum at 2:39 pm (utc) on Aug. 2, 2004]
[edit reason] changed URLs to a site that does not exist [/edit]



 10:46 am on Aug 3, 2004 (gmt 0)

personally I'd go for just the root URL, just in case you ever change from index.htm to default.asp, etc - however check the category that you're submitting to, see if there are a lot of default pages listed, if there are maybe you'll be OK listing the filename as well.

As for PR, I think they are different mydomain.com/ and mydomain.com/index.htm - perhaps you could set up a new default page, and put a 301 redirect to your root URL from the old index.htm....or just don't worry about it, you're not doing anything wrong, it's down to the search engines to sort out the way they handle the root URL and the default page being one in the same.


 10:54 am on Aug 3, 2004 (gmt 0)

it's down to the search engines to sort out the way they handle the root URL

Agreed. Search engines will tend to aggregate duplicate urls such as index.html and root pages, making the PR question moot.


 11:50 am on Aug 3, 2004 (gmt 0)

Ok thanks folks!
An d you agree that search engines tend to see
diffeent as
site.com (without www)?


 11:55 am on Aug 3, 2004 (gmt 0)

yes, those are 2 different sites, as would be foo.mydomain121.com, stuff.mydomain121.com and etc.mydomain121.com - it is probably worth 301 redirecting visitors from one to the other - if instance type typing htt*://webmasterworld.com/ into your browser, you will be redirected to the page Brett wants as the default htt*://www.webmasterworld.com/index.htm


 4:29 am on Aug 4, 2004 (gmt 0)

It's ODP policy for editors to chop off "index.html" whenever possible. Even if you sneak it by a newbie editor, a more-experienced one will eventually fix it.


 10:04 pm on Sep 7, 2004 (gmt 0)

there is also a policy for a trailing slash. FYI.


 8:37 pm on Sep 8, 2004 (gmt 0)

>It's ODP policy for editors to chop off "index.html" whenever possible. Even if you sneak it by a newbie editor, a more-experienced one will eventually fix it.

Right. Unless the site happens to be horribly misconfigured and [xyzxyz.com...] doesn't resolve, and [xyzxyz.com...] does. And to the OP, you should NOT want anyone linking to your site as [xyzxyz.com...] but instead have them link as [xyzxyz.com...] because of how search engines work, including Google. The reason why is if content changes on the home page (which with sites that automatically change the home page to show latest news, etc. this is normal), the SE spider may not be able to figure out if [xyzxyz.com...] and [xyzxyz.com...] are the same page, or 2 different pages. Technically, these are not the same, and it is possible to intentionally have complete different content on these.

And BTW while I am on this topic, all please note that [xyzxyz.com...] and [xyzxyz.com...] technically are *two different sites*. I've actually seen one site that in fact intentionally put different content on both. (The webmaster was a weido geek.) You should standardize on one or the other. Usually [xyzxyz.com...] is the way to go, because many who may link to you will assume this as the default. On my sites I have used some server side magic with .htaccess that if someone (or a search engine spider) goes to [domain.com...] they get fed a permanent redirect to [domain.com...] (or any subpage on the site) and are dragged there. Any SE spider that is properly coded will realize there just ain't anything at [domain.com...]

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