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Backlinking Question, To / or Not to /

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by jbsales, Jan 19, 2012.

  1. jbsales

    jbsales Registered Member

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    Now I have been told that having a slash / at the end of you domain is different to search engines than not having a slash. like .com/ or just .com

    So which is better??? Does it matter in the end. Reason I ask is im about to start building link again to my sites and i'm not sure which one has more juice, or maybe its just better to have a mix. or pick either .com/ or just .com and go with it.

    Any thoughts??

    is it .com/ FTW

    or

    .com FTW
     
  2. JohnyJ

    JohnyJ Junior Member

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    I really don't think it matters, i redirect all the / so my sites end .com.
    If you do the same then i'd say link to the .com , i suppose the juice wouldn't have to pass through a redirect like this and lose any juice.
    I don't think its a big deal either way
     
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  3. srishunyata

    srishunyata Registered Member

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    Definitely link to your without the slash... all the slash is doing is preempting a location trigger to a file/page in deeper in root directory.

    It would appear the the slash is just readying the code for a deeper location.

    Cheers
     
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  4. 45415

    45415 Junior Member

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    The trailing slash matters in this case:
    Code:
    example.com/example/
    
    example.com/example
    
    Google treats these 2 links as different pages.
     
  5. HatIsBlacked

    HatIsBlacked Regular Member

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    change title of this post to "backslash"
     
  6. turdface

    turdface Supreme Member

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    Link to source verifying that that matters?
     
  7. Kikerinka

    Kikerinka Senior Member

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    This is not true. Google is not that stupid to treat these like 2 different pages, come on!

     
  8. srishunyata

    srishunyata Registered Member

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    Ok guys, where's the reference that the slash matters, I agree with Kinkerinka, but without a reference, God has Spoken kind of absolutes, are not very helpful because we can't tell if it's based on anything other than your conjecture/opinion.
     
  9. jbsales

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    So I guess long story short it's best to go without the backslash.

    Thanks guys
     
  10. 45415

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    Google is not stupid, of course they can distinguish 2 links, but they suggest you to use 301 redirect, if the pages have duplicate content and stick to either slash or non-slash link.
    Code:
    googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com/2010/04/to-slash-or-not-to-slash.html