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    Smile URL link - example.com or example.com/index.html

    Hi all,

    I have read on many sites that it is worth your while to change the link text for your home page links on all your pages to something relevant, e.g. a keyword phrase that you are trying to optimize for.

    OK I have done that, however it got me wondering on what the actual URL link should be.

    Does it matter if it is http://www.example.com or http://www.example.com/index.html ???

    The reason I ask is I quite often notice that I site has different page ranks for these 2 URLs even though they are usually the same page.

    For most links to your site you will be getting linked to your home page using the link http://www.example.com, so to me it makes sense for me to add more weight to this url by changing the links on all my pages to my home page to this as well. (instead of index.html)

    Another reason is the search engines always list http://www.example.com instead of the index.html.

    So what does everyone think, for that extra push of the home page, should I change the link URL?

    Let the debating begin.

    Mooch

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    In memoriam gold trophysilver trophybronze trophy Dan Schulz's Avatar
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    Go with example.com instead of example.com/index.html

    You never know when you'll be switching to a server-side programming language, or even using server-side includes. And using 301 redirects and mod_rewrite would be a real pain in the neck for some people anyway.

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    Only http://www.example.com is what you need to have in SERPs.
    http://www.example.com/index.html can be treated as duplicate URL by the SEs.

    It is always recommended to redirect (only through 301 Permanent) http://www.example.com/index.html to the actual domain, i.e. http://www.example.com.

    Also is the same case with http://example.com. It should also be redirected to http://www.example.com by using 301 permanent redirection.

    All the best...

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    I also think example.com is a better solution. I had similar problem with Google. Several months ago Google gave different backlinks for my site DrugInfo as .com and .com/index.html, as well as different PR of them. Now there is no more such a difference.

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    Mooch, are you using google webmaster tools? If not please start! Its a great way to get a better understanding of what you are trying to do.

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    Either way you have to use one or the other, besides what Dan mentioned if you don't plan on using any of those in the future you can just choose one or the other and do the correct 301 redirect.


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