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I could use some advice about a change we are wanting to make regarding links. Currently our links look like this:
<a href="/blah_blah/index.html">Blah blah</a>
We are considering a change to hard coded links like this:
<a href="http://www.my-site.com/blah_blah/index.html">blah blah</a>
This is probably a very stupid question but I need to hear it from others just to make sure and ease my worries. Will Google think these are different links now? I can't see how it would but everything amazes me with the bots. If, for some reason, it would think these are new links, we can't make the change.
Please, any advice here would be greatly appreciated before our team starts to recode.
Due to canonical problems we recently changed all our internal links to absolute using the full URL.
Following this change Google started to index the correct number of pages and our ranking returned to near their old positions.
It also helps to avoid getting http pages indexed as https if you have a few secure pages on the same domain.
I would highly recommend changing to absolute links and ensure that all external links point to the exact same URL format.