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i have a site at <snip>
my problems is when someone first visitas the site on <snip>/ i get page rank of 3. but if i put in <snip>/index.php i get page rank of 4. anyone got any ideas how i can get the /index.php to be the default on loading so i get the PR4
[edited by: trillianjedi at 11:35 am (utc) on April 7, 2006]
[edit reason] Please see TOS #13 [/edit]
All of my other sites still resolve correctly for "/" or "/index.html"
I expect that once Google re-learns that "/" and "/index.html" are actually the same my rankings will return.
Change all those paths to be an absolute URL link to your home page using http:// + domain.com don't forget the trailing slash or you'll cause a redirect to the / (trailing slash). This can cause a page to go supplemental, even linking to a directory like domain.com/directory should be domain.com/directory/ or Google will get lost. I tried these on a redirect tester and saw there is actually a redirect that shows if you do not code these properly.
Google is pretty archaic in the way it handles redirects.
But apparently any redirect of any kind is no longer a good idea especially in Google. Any Redirect = BAD.
I now see that the root index page is listed under several variations of / or filename, and that all the www versions are URL-only or are supplemental, and all the non-www versions are shown as fully indexed.
I am wondering if, for this site, I made a mistake: perhaps I should have chosen the version (www vs. non-www) with the best listed index page (non-www), rather than the version with the most indexed URLs (www) instead, as being the target of the redirect?
Normally, those two criteria (best listed index page, and most number of pages indexed) would lead to the same choice of (www vs. non-www) version, but for this one site it did not.
Did I make the wrong choice?
I am not going to change anything now, as I believe that Google will eventually get it right.
Which one of the two criteria do you rate as the more important of the two (if they conflict), when making this decision as to which URL to be redirected?