I cannot get htaccess and do not have a 301 redirect for my site, I was advised to use a rel="canonical" tag on each page of my site. I am using HTML 4.01.
To answer two questions before someone asks:
Yes, when I can afford it, the site will be updated … probably to html 5.
I will also be changing hosts in the very near future.
So ... after having added the rel link, I read in a few threads and discovered that most people use a trailing forward slash in the url … which I have not done. So my tags are all:
<link rel="canonical" href="www.mysite.com/product_large_blue_widgets.html" >
Do I need to go back and add the forward slash and should it simply be .html/" ?