Ok we recently redesigned a site using shopsite. We left all pages, including the index.html page in the subdirectory called 'store' that shopsite creates. We slapped in a redirect so that going to <url> will automatically redirect to <url>/store/index.html I am also in the process of adding links to this site to some high page ranking sites to help SEO.
My question is this: If I create a link to <url> will google see it as a 'vote' for <url>/store/index.html when it comes to searches? I know it sounds like a silly question but I do not want to make any assumptions either way.
(Ps I know the best method is to create a link to a specific page but some sites just want the top level url posted, and its those I am asking about)
So all requests for the domain root - example.com - will redirect to example.com/store/index.html
If I understand you correctly, then make the redirect a 302 status and NOT a 301. Then links to the domain root will be seen as votes for the target page.
Redirecting the domain root is one case where the 301 status is not recommended. By using a 302 status you will continue to see example.com show up in search results (including site: operator results) - but the content on the target URL is what Google will evaluate.