---- Canonicalization, The Pros and Cons of Redirecting Various Typins to Root
AjiNIMC - 6:24 am on May 2, 2007 (gmt 0)
Redirection from /index.html to /. Example if someone types http://www.example.com/index.html we will take them to http://www.example.com/.
Why I might not do it
It is very much natural
Almost 99% of the website will never do it, so it is a problem at google’s end, they need to solve it.
Very important, when a person is coming to index.html I am redirecting it to / which is making my customer wait.
Why I might do it?
Only from links point of view (avoiding people to link to / and /index.html) and to help Google (may be google will consider the links to / differently from /index.html). SEO benefits (may be for some search engines which cant do URL Canonicalization at its end).
Technically both these files can be different too.
What does Google do? They will take the most appropriate URL, which is with / almost 99% of the times. I have never seen a duplicate content issue so far due to this. For www and non-www google has an option under webmaster console.