Msg#: 3157210 posted 1:39 pm on Nov 15, 2006 (gmt 0)
Will it split my Page Rank if I have some internal and external links that point to a particular directory (example.com/directory/) and some links that point to the actual file (example.com/directory/index.html)? I unfortunately have this linking inconsistency throughout my site at the moment and I was worried about diluting my Page Ranks.
Msg#: 3157210 posted 4:52 pm on Nov 15, 2006 (gmt 0)
I placed the following code in my .htaccess file. Will this solve my problem with some links pointing to example.com/directory/ and some pointing to example.com/directory/index.html as far as Page Rank goes? I hope so. This code confuses me as to how it will work with Page Rank and search engines in general. I have the understanding that the following code will take care of all of the problems with split directory and file links. Do I still need to have all the links pointing to either the directory or the file or is it true that it does not matter with this code?
Msg#: 3157210 posted 1:36 pm on Nov 20, 2006 (gmt 0)
Yes, that .htaccess code works for all index pages in all folders. It "corrects" for index.html and index.htm and index.php to all redirect to "/".
Your measure of success is for the "/" URL to return to the main index within a few months.
The named files will likely remain as Supplemental URLs for a year. They will not be classed as duplicate content. You cannot remove them. Just enjoy the fact that for some searches your site will return two results in the SERPs, increasing the chance that someone visits your site.
I am aware of a site where "/" (normal result) ranks at #1 and "/index.html" (supplemental) ranks at #5.