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Trailing slashes, duplicate content and spam?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by love2spellcheck, Oct 7, 2015.

  1. love2spellcheck

    love2spellcheck Newbie

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    Hey everyone!

    so a website has the homepage URL with a trailing slash and without, both indexed by Google.

    1) The site owner runs into the duplicate contnent issue.
    2) It is easier for competitors to spam one of the URLs without getting noticed/hack.

    I am sure about the first statement, does anyone have any thoughts regarding the second statement? Also I've heard that both of these URLs get indexed by Google, but has anyone actually seen it?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. archon10

    archon10 BANNED BANNED

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    Google is pretty good at figuring out duplicate content on the site, but if you want to make the customer happy, just 301 redirect to one or the other or set a canonical.

    I do a lot of things for customers who ask me to do things that I know won't do anything. Whatever, they are paying me to do what they say, so I do it. You can tell them the effect is minor, if they ask, but if they are just telling you "fix this" then I'd take the cash and do it without saying a word.
     
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  3. love2spellcheck

    love2spellcheck Newbie

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    Yeah, this is what G sais on their article about duplicate content, that it's not crucial, G is smart. It is redirecting now so this question is out of the way. The thing is that both of the links weren't indexed, have you ever actually seen two URLs with and without a trailing slash indexed? However we are kind of stuck with the question about spamming. The only thing we could come with that we need to watch both of the URLs for backlinks, because one of them could get spammed without it showing up for the other one. Moreover, two of these URLs don't make it easier to hack a webiste. This is what makes sense so far.
     
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    there is simple fix: just verify both versions of your indexed domain on google webmaster and then choose your preferred domain
     
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    I'm not entirely sure I understand the second question. You can spam the living hell out of a URL and it won't get deindexed. Putting the negative SEO thing aside, link spamming doesn't get a site deindexed. I've never seen Google remove a site for a link penalty, and I've looked at thousands of sites. If the URL isn't indexed it's either not passing quality checks by the algorithm or it just hasn't been crawled yet. Google doesn't index everything. They've even said publicly that they don't have the storage capacity to index everything.

    You mention hacking. Is the site hacked? Unless the site is hacked, this shouldn't be a concern other than checking for hacks and doing the typical security updates.