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I'm now about to change all the links to "index.htm" to go to simply "/" (It's not a big deal, the site's not that huge)
My question now is, is it better to use "/" or "www.whatever.htm/" for links to the home page?
In fact, are you supposed to write out the whole domain for every internal link? I haven't been, I just use <a href="page1.htm">page 1</a> Would it be better to write the links as <a href="www.whatever.htm/page1.htm">page 1</a> ?
http: // www.---.com/pageone.htm
The first way is easier to test on a hard drive. But is there any difference in terms of SEO?
Q: Do URLs in the Sitemap need to be completely specified?
Yes. You need to include the protocol (for instance, http) in your URL. You also need to include a trailing slash in your URL if your web server requires one. For example, http://www.example.com/ is a valid URL for a Sitemap, whereas www.example.com is not.
By the way, a sitemap contains only internal links.
[edited by: Achernar at 12:32 pm (utc) on May 14, 2008]