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PageRank on / But Not on /index.php
index.php not carrying a page rank?

 11:27 pm on Jul 17, 2005 (gmt 0)

Here is an interesting one....

On my website (was a PR6 until the last update! now PR5) I just noticed that "index.php" has no ranking at all - a white PR0. In fact it has not even been crawled.

The reason for this - all the links back home are www.sitename.com only, not www.example.com/index.php.

So I pose the question to everyone out there who always says "it is PAGE rank not site rank" etc.... if it is page rank, what "page" is it ranking? As index.php is the entry (there is no index.htm / .html / .xhtml etc etc) but has 0 rank.

So maybe on the initial entry point, "page rank" is not such an appropriate label....



[edited by: ciml at 8:33 am (utc) on July 18, 2005]
[edit reason] Examplified [/edit]



 8:36 am on Jul 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

PageRank was named after Larry Page, not Web pages.

Of course you're right though, we do normally tell people that PageRank follows pages, not sites.

You have spotted a problem with that though, it isn't sites it's URLs. So we'd be better top tell people that PageRank follows URLs, after canonicalisation.

Google canonicalise /index.htm and /index.html to / but not /index.php

Thereforre, /index.php is a separate URL in Google's index an has its own PageRank score.


 10:09 am on Jul 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

Great response... you summed it up in one message thanks - case closed!

I never realised Google saw "index.htm" or "index.html" as "/"....

Perhaps this makes a stronger argument for server rewrites.. maybe I should forge .php as .html? Would it pass that tiny extra bit of pagerank?




 10:31 am on Jul 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

The PR is assigned to www.domain.com/, so make sure that is where all your internal and external links point to.

This is also very good advice for sites currently using index.html for the index page - make sure that you link to www.domian.com/ and if you ever change your index file to be index.php then the link will still work for all visitors, and the PR will not need to be recalculated either.

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