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Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by antains89, Mar 5, 2013.

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  1. antains89

    antains89 Newbie

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    Hey got an argument going in the office right now (Same as any other day...)


    We've just completed a site and the client has asked the following, I'd appreciate your thoughts/suggestions.


    He wants an internal page used as the home page.
    newsiteurl/internal-page replaced by oldsiteurl


    We have produce a splash page to allow visitors to choose as section of the site, he has requested the following.
    newsiteurl replaced by oldsiteurl/index.html


    He added this statement regarding the 2 old site urls
    The 2 old site URL's are in fact duplicate pages - it is the first that has generic presence - so the second could be used for the index page if it has any ranking - if not I would discard it & use:




    Once again any thoughts or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. the_demon

    the_demon Jr. Executive VIP

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    1. Eliminate the splash page, it annoys users, wastes clicks, and countless studies show it drops conversions.

    2. I don't advise using an internal page as a home page. It's bad for user experience and as such, can potentially hurt SEO.

    If for some reason you decided to keep both urls you would need to use the canonical meta tag to avoid duplicate content penalty. Ideally, you might want to play it safe and block 1 of the urls using robots.txt exclusion protocol.


    Google --> splash pages hurt sales

    and you'll see loads of stories on how conversions drop off the map and sales tank when using a splash page.
     
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