Post by scanreg » Mon Feb 04, 2013 12:02 am

if you use a system that does or does not put a / at the end of links, which is preferred by google?

www.mysite.com/article-name/
www.mysite.com/article-name

does it matter ?

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Post by botonakis » Tue Feb 12, 2013 5:45 am

It doesn't matter.

Does matter when without "-" and "_"

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Post by scanreg » Fri Feb 15, 2013 3:47 am

right, - preferred

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Post by butte » Sun Mar 24, 2013 12:52 pm

The trailing "/" may not matter as to Google (or at least some other engines) but that is subject to summary change in the longstanding war between webmasters trying to be on top and engine hostmasters trying to prevent it.

The trailing "/" does matter and is preferred in other contexts, including its ever so brief clue where to start when a browser first confronts and server first confronts which index file type to use. The effect is variable, the syntax is preferable. In long years of dealing with it, I've been long since convinced that ending the address string with either the trailing solidus or a specific file (sans solidus) is best.

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Post by paradisekiss » Mon Apr 22, 2013 8:26 pm

It doesn't matter, as long as you use consistently one version, and the other is correctly redirected. It should be redirected through 301, not 302 redirect. You can check server headers if you are not sure.

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Post by butte » Tue Apr 23, 2013 2:05 am

The trailing slash can matter. See, for example, these two (near the top of some 93,000 entries in a web-wide datadump):

http://www.searchenginejournal.com/link ... d=noscript

http://www.standardzilla.com/2007/07/09 ... ing-slash/

Additionally, when landing if the index.xxx is not specified (such as by .htaccess or by forwarding as set in the domain's registrar account or in the host account or both, among others), then the standard sequence of index file extensions tried is cued by the trailing solidus ("/"), which MEANS "directory "if a browser or version can't figure it out without the cue (some can't).

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Post by john88 » Mon Jul 15, 2013 3:07 am

it does not really matter but using slash is so boring and useless ;)

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Post by butte » Fri Jul 19, 2013 4:06 am

Not useless. It means something definite to machines.

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