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Blog and Blog/ - How to Make Search Engines See them as One

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7:14 pm on Jun 7, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I am using WordPress 2.9.2 for my blog with Platinum SEO plugin. Our URL structure for the blog is www.URL.com/blog/year/month/blog-post-title/

What bothers me is that Google Webmaster Tool shows our blog's URL www.URL.com/blog to be different from the URL with a slash www.URL.com/blog/ . I have moved this blog from Blogger where the URL was www.URL.com/blog and now that it is in Wordpress the URL is showing as www.URL.com/blog/

How can I make Google and the other search engines see that blog is the same as blog/ ? Is this a canonical problem?

How can I fix this? Is this something I can configure within Wordpress, or any of the plugins?

Thanks
9:48 pm on Jun 7, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Yeah, it's a canonical problem.

The first question - what form do the links use. In other words, how is the WP navigation building your links? Presumably, it's adding the slash.

So first you need to go to
http://[your domain]/wp-admin/options-permalink.php

And add/remove the slash from your permalink path as needed.

Then, for incoming links, you need to set up your .htaccess or httpd.conf to send a 301 and redirect to/from the version with the trailing slash, depending on what you need.

Does that make sense?
1:26 am on Jun 8, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I put in the trailing slash in the permalink path

However, can you put in non techy terms the instructions for setting up the htaccess file? This way I can redirect the nontrailing slash to the trailing slash.

Thanks ergophobe! You've been such a great help ... as always
11:41 am on Jun 8, 2010 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Administrator ergophobe is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member Top Contributors Of The Month



Nobody can explain this stuff like Jim Morgan....

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good luck
10:29 am on Jun 11, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Thanks ergophone ... really helpful
 

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