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1:55 pm on Apr 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I have new site ( about 6 week sold) that has all pages cached by google except home page www.mysite.com.
Instead, google cached www.mysite.com/index.html
Does anybody has any suggestion how to sort-out this?
Is this dangerous for my site?
5:52 pm on Apr 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

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If your inbound links and your pages on your site point to "mysite.com/index.html" then google is seeing that as your default home page. No problem with that.
10:43 pm on Apr 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

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It's a big problem if any links point to the root URL without the index.html. It's also just silly to link to and/or have any mention of the useless index.html anywhere.
3:35 am on Apr 27, 2006 (gmt 0)

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>>>>It's also just silly to link to and/or have any mention of the useless index.html anywhere.<<<<
Now, why is that? I see sites that use the index.html as the target of their inner pages and achieve the higher pr for that page, whereas sites that have their inner pages pointing to mysite.com/ (with the trailing slash) don't seem to have their home page ranking as high.
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I know it maybe overkill but could you setup index.htm as a copy of the current index.html and then have a redirect from index.html to your domain in either a rewrite rule or on page?

That might not make much sense!

7:09 pm on Apr 27, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Thanks guys for your info and time.

I think I will change all links to my home page to :
[mysite.com...] as they now point to .html

I want to avoid duplicate content penalty, so I hope perhaps if I re-shuffle my home page to look different, would it help?

10:49 pm on Apr 27, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Make that [mysite.com...] with the trailing / on it instead.
5:03 pm on Apr 28, 2006 (gmt 0)

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g1smd, can you tell me why is that better?
9:29 pm on Apr 28, 2006 (gmt 0)

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If your default site name is domain.com and you have a redirect from non-www to www in place, then a link to www.domain.com/folder will first be redirected to domain.com/folder/ and then on to www.domain.com/folder/ after that.

This effect is easy to see if you use Xenu LinkSleuth to check your site. You see the list of URLs is twice as long as expected, and half of them have a title of "301 Moved Permanently". This will cause you a lot of problems.

Always add the trailing / to folder URLs.

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Thanks a lot for explanation :-)
 

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