|Extra / marks after the domain name in supplementals|
Don't know if this is the correct forum, but I'm seeing something that's either harmless or a cause for alarm. When doing a site:domain.com search at Google, I'm finding multiple occurrences of some of my pages, with a strange addition. There are extra / occurrences between the domain name and the individual page files, like this:
www.domain.com//page.html (2 or more)
Same content, different full URL. So I noticed that if you type in any domain with extra trailing /'s, those also come up. My question is if this should be a cause for concern if Google is showing multiple instances in the supplemental results. Is it possible they're viewing those pages as duplicate content? I don't have separate pages on my server with those extra / occurrences - just the one normal file. I'm sure others have heard of or seen this. Please enlighten me, and if you know of a fix, that'd be great too. Thanks!
I've seen this with several different sites and nothing dire has ever come of it. I'd say it's a harmless Google backend oddity.
|Is it possible they're viewing those pages as duplicate content? |
Yes, I think it's safe to say that's it exactly. And they invariably pick the bogus "double slash" url to throw into suplemental, filtering it out of the regular results because it IS an exact duplicate. Now, if the double-slash url show in the regular SERP for some reason, then I might begin to worry.
Let me share with you my experience. At the time of Jagger in Oct/Nov 05, internal pages of my sites got dumped by Google, and that was the very first time that I noticed Googlebot crawling double slashes. The urls with double slashes went into supplemental; I then put 301 redirect around the beginning of Nov 05...the correct internal urls with only 1 slash did not return to rank again until Feb 06 (very slow return and not all). I'm not sure whether the occurrence of double slashes have any direct adverse effect, but its appearance is not a good sign.
That was Oct/Nov 05 things are deferent now.
Also read: [webmasterworld.com...]
It's a bad thing and unfortunately there is little you can do when Google makes up URLs.
This may or may not be related. I am using Joomla, and until about an hour ago I had pages that had the double slash problem giving urls such as www.example.com//content/1/2/ and so on.
I found the problem inside a configuration.php file where the base url or "live site" had a single slash at the end. Removal of that single slash in the configuration.php file cured the double slash problem sitewide.
No clue if having the double slashes hurts or not, they just don't look or feel right.
It's like I have a shadow site, my url's with // resovle to a page full of relative current information, and the links in the menu on that page all have //'s as well.
I am trying to come up with an included asp redirect at the top of each to deal with it, no luck so far. I have one that works fine for non www to www. Anyone had any luck coding one yet?