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Technical issue url .com or .com/en.html

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by Junoseo, Oct 23, 2016.

  1. Junoseo

    Junoseo Newbie

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    Hey guys,

    I am reviewing a website with this url ending by .com/en.html
    It is for an english website that sell products all over the world and the website is in english.
    The original url was ending by .com/ and it was redirected to .com/en.html
    I don't know why this redirect was made.
    My questions are:
    is it good for a website to have a homepage url that ends with .html ?
    why did they add /en? Normally you add this when you want a language selector but they don't have any


    I am pretty lost so if you can help that would be great!
     
  2. RotatingProxies

    RotatingProxies Junior Member

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    It's okay for a site to end in .html; it's difficult to say if Google prefers it or not, but I doubt it's a huge ranking factor.

    They could have 301'd the site to /en.html so the default language is English? Without seeing the site I cannot say for sure.

    You can add this to the site's .htaccess file to remove the .html if you'd prefer:

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    RewriteEngine on
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME}\.html -f
    RewriteRule ^(.*)$ $1.html
    
    Hope this helps!
     
  3. TayaX

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    I don't seen any technical problem with that.
    On the SEO side, the homepage will lose some juice if websites links to the root domain and it keep being redirected.
     
  4. Junoseo

    Junoseo Newbie

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    When I crawled the website I have seen they have done a 301 redirect from .com to .com/en.html. indeed the default page is english. however when I do a brand search on Google "/en.html" is not indexed only .com is. So I really don't know why they did it.
     
  5. Junoseo

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    thanks, normally when you
    thanks, a 301 redirect was done from te root domain to /en.html. but when you do a 301 redirect the new page should be indexed by google but that's not the case. when i do a brand search on search engine, only the root domain url appear
     
  6. judaculla

    judaculla Regular Member

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    If they dont offer other languages, then its pointless and could only do damage. Not to say tha it is doing damage, just that it wouldnt be doing any good.

    Im not a fan of .html in urls either if it can be avoided, i dont think there is really any seo downside to it though.
     
  7. Junoseo

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    they offer other language, however for the other countries the website has another url structure it's "country.website.com" appart from japan which is /jp
     
  8. judaculla

    judaculla Regular Member

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    Its redundant in that case.

    /index.html would work fine for lan1.domain.com and lan2.domain.com.

    I cant see any reason to have it as lan1.domain.com/lan1index.html.