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Now, any ideas on how to get Google to only recognize one of the pages? The pages went from First to Worst around the time this bug surfaced...
More than likely, you dropped a slash or a inbound link dropped a slash.
Your server is returning the same valid page for both.
a: adjust your server settings so that without the slash generates a 404 as it shou.d
adjust your server settings so that without the slash generates a 404 as it shou.d
I realise this is a Google related discussion, however Yahoo! trims the last / from any listing in it's SERPs.
I found it highly irritating and as such I have to ensure both combinations work or Yahoo! and MSN SERPs suffer...
Unless I am mistaken you will not find a single / as the last character of any link from Yahoo! or MSN SERPs.
[edited by: petehall at 12:49 am (utc) on Nov. 26, 2004]
petehall, I'd half-noticed that on one of my sites, but looking further you're completely right and it seems generalized. Usualy it's not too bad when you're talking about "genuine" directories (where the server software generates the 301 automatically), but it could be a problem when the directories are done with mod_rewrite and the appropriate rules are not in place for taking into account this problem. One more reason why I like file extensions on rewritten URLs.