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[HELP] Removing "/index.html" in search engines and some other sections

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by rtraphic, Jul 24, 2015.

  1. rtraphic

    rtraphic Regular Member

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    Hi guys. I decided to start pulling some serious local sites, and theferore i've started playing, for the first time, with google webmaster tools and all meta tags and etc.

    I decided to make a quick search on google to check my first local website. It was indexed, but not as i expected.. i found out that it appeared as "domain.com/index.html", when my intention was to be like this "www.domain.com". Also there were some sections that i didn't want to be there too, like "domain.com/contactus.html"

    So, what i did to fix that mistake was:

    ?Submited the website to google search console (webmaster) in both versions, www and non www, and verificated i was the owner.
    ♦After that, i set like preferred domain the www. version (using search console settings)
    ?Added robot meta tags with "index, no follow" so only main site appears on google
    ?Then i used tag "link rel canonical" in index.html file like this: <link rel="canonical" href="www.domain.com">
    ?Then i learned the concept of 301 redirects (kinda late, i know) and made it so the old "domain.com" redirects to "www.domain.com"
    .

    Now, my questions are these (i'd really appreciate if you answer everything since i'm focusing on local clients and i want to do things right):

    1- with the meta robot tag i added to index.html, will google de-index the other sections that indexed before? (aka contactus.html , aboutus.html, etc), becouse i don't want them to appear on search engines, but it seems they already are.

    2- how do i avoid getting indexed as "www.domain.com/index.html" when my objective is to appear as "www.domain.com"? I'm asking this question becouse, at first (when i didn't use any of the listed tools above), google decided to index my site as "domain.com/index.html" instead of "domain.com".

    3- how much time does it take to reflect the changes? and does google take the job to crawl the site again and again in case i decide to add/remove content from index.html?

    4- For my purposes, did i miss anything that could help it, or did i do too much, or it's fine?

    5- The rel=canonical was a good move or was it unnecessary?




    Thanks in advance
     
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  2. rtraphic

    rtraphic Regular Member

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    anyone knows anything about this?
     
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    Bladharkje Regular Member

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    I would wait with removing the domain.com/index.html tho, as sometimes it takes a while before google shows it correctly. As for the other links you can use the option you can see in the screenshot above.
     
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  4. rtraphic

    rtraphic Regular Member

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    Awesome, thank you very much. I already submitted the sections there, really appreciated.