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Folder and folder slash have different PR
AnonyMouse




msg:3763007
 3:40 pm on Oct 10, 2008 (gmt 0)

Hi,

I've noticed that
domain/folder
and
domain/folder/

on my site have different PR and backlinks, does that mean that Google doesn't treat them as being the same URL?

 

tedster




msg:3763116
 5:29 pm on Oct 10, 2008 (gmt 0)

Right, they are not the same URL. Two URLs are the same only when they are an exact match, character for character - except for page fragment identifiers that follow a # sign. See the following thread, which you can find in the Hot Topics area [webmasterworld.com], always pinned to the top of this forum's index page.

Canonical URL Issues - including some new ones [webmasterworld.com]

AnonyMouse




msg:3763126
 5:41 pm on Oct 10, 2008 (gmt 0)

So basically I should 301 redirect
domain/folder
to
domain/folder/

or vice versa, but pick one?

Is there any downside to having multiple 301 redirects? Does G get suspicious that you're up to something?

tedster




msg:3763141
 5:54 pm on Oct 10, 2008 (gmt 0)

A 301 redirect from /folder to /folder/ is standard practice. No problems from Google on that.

g1smd




msg:3763163
 6:31 pm on Oct 10, 2008 (gmt 0)

Redirecting to add the / one the end - when the resource is a folder - is a part of the HTTP specification.

Some search engines expect it.

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