TheMadScientist - 10:23 am on Mar 30, 2010 (gmt 0)
You're stating that /directory is the same as /directory/index, is that correct?
No, it's in the details:
'redirecting one level up from the directory for the default page (EG /directory) is essentially the same as redirecting to the actual page name of the default file to be shown for directory requests.'
So, redirecting from /directory/ to /directory is essentially the same as redirecting from /directory/ to /directory/index.
IOW: In either case you are redirecting from a 'folder root' URL to a page URL. Either way no information displays at the directory URL, but rather at a page URL.
So, just to verify, this...
Is not the same as...
Absolutely correct... I know you know what you are talking about, but since some of the posts were long and there may have been confusion: No two URLs are the same if there's a difference in the URLs... /Sub /sub /suB are also NOT the same URLs. They are all 3 unique.
I don't ever have the issue you do with Yahoo! Bing or scraper links though... I strip all the trailing slashes... It saves many headaches, because /page and /page/ are not the same URL, but one could be redirected to the other to 'combine' the two and although some like to add the slash, personally I like to remove it, because it eliminates the need to ever worry about duplicate content at /directory/ and /directory/index.html plus I think it looks better. ;)
@Status_203 I really do understand why you're doing it, and at first I really thought it was the right way to do it, even though I didn't like it, but I still think in some ways it has to do with search engines, and I really understand the logic and reasoning from a webmaster perspective, but visitors don't know Cool URIs Don't Change, so I think from a 'technical web perspective' you might be right, but then again, (I was actually thinking this out and typing at the same time) you've changed the URI of your 'home page' from '/' to '/keyword' using a 301 'permanent redirect' (I'm guessing), and it seems if you remove the redirect you'd be changing the URI of your 'home page' back to '/' (Note: If anyone doesn't know what I'm talking about with the '/' being the URI, check out the $_SERVER['REQUEST_URI'] in php for http://www.example.com/ sometime and you'll see what I mean.), so I think the 'technically correcter' (can I say correcter?) way would be to noindex the home page and put a single link on it to the content page (key word rich of course for those blasted SEs we all have to deal with), which you would allow to be indexed, then if a visitor wanted to view your home page they could and it's URI would not ever change, but it's content would, and by noindexing it you wouldn't have to worry about it ranking, and by putting a single link to the content page you would transfer the link weight there fairly effectively, and most webmasters would probably link to the 'topical content page' if they wanted to link to you... Anyway, my dime's worth, and no offense at all taken... You're right I'm not quite normal... I always thought people had to meet me in real life to figure that out, but I guess it shows here too... LOL.