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All this lives in a table <td>, and I have picked up a dangling <p> tag inside the <td> that the link is in. Could this cause problems with SimSpiders ability to correctly parse the link?
If you hover over, or use the link, its fine. SimSpider reports is as pointing to "http://navigation.html" though. I also note with interest that the site in question now has a PR of 0
Any thoughts anyone?
In my experiences, it is easier to create sites with relative links - and let the SE's figure it out.
Does that yield the best results? Not necessarily. I am with Brett in believing that the SE's spiders, bots and crawlers can understand where the link goes without any issues.
However, looking at engines like Google - who index AND cache pages for their users - perhaps they prefer absolute links over relative links, as it make the archiving of pages easier.
Again, just a theory in the most undeveloped sense.
I just find it odd that this site ALSO has a PR of 0, AND the effect of the fault would be to make virtually the entire site unreachable, if an SE spider behaves the same way as the SimSpider.
<a little later>
Ding, got it!
Spidering www.domain.co.uk gets the link wrong
Spidering www.domain.co.uk/ gets the link right
I bet SimSpider constructs relative paths from the entered URL (not unreasonably), by just tagging the filename called on the end of the base URL without checking for a terminal /. Also, entering .../index.html gets it right, so I bet its smart enough to sub the filename correctly, cos it'll have a / there.
So, my fault for being sloppy <grin> Who'd have guessed that? ;) It may have been a total waste of 1/2 an hour, but it makes me happy, y'know?