Linkbuilding: slash at the end of the link

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Is there a difference if I have "/" at the end of the link? Are http://www.mydomain.com and http://www.mydomain.com/ considered as different links by Google? So, should I always have my link in one format (with or without the slash)?
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  • Profile picture of the author kkchoon
    As I recall, nope.
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  • Profile picture of the author adferger1
    Yes!
    Domain.com and domain.com/ is 2 different pages in the eyes of google.
    Or so Ive read... Cant remember where...

    Allways use the same format....
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  • Profile picture of the author Tom Goodwin
    Originally Posted by mariusr View Post

    Is there a difference if I have "/" at the end of the link? Are http://www.mydomain.com and http://www.mydomain.com/ considered as different links by Google? So, should I always have my link in one format (with or without the slash)?
    There was a good thread about this a couple of days ago, but with the search functionality gone (don't get that one) ...

    For the root domain, it probably doesn't matter. That being said, in my view you should pick one and go with it. There is no value in mixing it up when you don't have it.

    For interior pages, yes it does matter. There was a link posted in that thread to a twitter account. With the slash, the page had zero PR. Without the slash, it had a PR7. LOL.

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  • Profile picture of the author NicholasX
    Yea..i think Google sees that as different link. Even sms chat is different than sms chat in Google's eyes.
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  • "As I recall, nope."

    Oops!

    Research Canonicalization.

    SEO advice: url canonicalization

    It's very easy to test: search for your site with and without the trailing slash.
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  • Profile picture of the author GeorgR.
    Now i am a "little" confused...

    When i am on a standard wordpress site, each article is linked like
    www .mysite.com/some-article-name/ <--- and that's also how it is in the sitemap.

    So in other words...if i use www .mysite.com/some-article-name to build a link to the article this is bad?
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  • Profile picture of the author techwarrior
    My url shows up as / version in Google Webmaster Tools, but all backlinks I created without the slash have all been counted so far.

    So, it makes me think it makes no difference using a url without or with a slash for link building purposes.
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  • Profile picture of the author alex03
    I think having it with or without slash is just the same. Google count it as the same.
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  • Profile picture of the author prcys
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    As others said that it does not matter whether there is slash behind root domain or not. But it matters for inter pages but only when it has any subdomain and if there is slash then it definitely matter in pagerank. But if at the end of the subdomain there is no any other subdomain of it and still you place slash behind it, then it does not matter again.
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  • Profile picture of the author SinSimon
    They are important in terms of Page Rank for sure.
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  • Profile picture of the author keiranorton
    I think they're just the same.
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    • Profile picture of the author silverace
      Originally Posted by keiranorton View Post

      I think they're just the same.
      As you can see earlier in the thread, google see's the links as 2 different links. it's all there.
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    • Profile picture of the author Brendan Mace
      Originally Posted by keiranorton View Post

      I think they're just the same.
      Thinking and knowing are two entirely different things.

      According to SEOMOZ and Matt Cutts, the end dash technically represents two separate pages. BUT, google does try and understand intent. So if you're post is originally indexed with a dash, and you receive backlinks without a dash. Google will hopefully make the connection between the two separate pages and give authority to the already indexed version.

      It is best practice to pick one and stay consistent. That way google doesn't have to do any complicated analysis. Because google does occasionally make mistakes, it's best to avoid any possible problems.

      As for which one to pick. Back in the old days, it would be better to choose the "/" extension because that was common practice. Matt Cutts even admitted that this was the case. I don't think it really matters nowadays. Just keep it consistent for the big bad g-bot.
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  • Profile picture of the author amarketing
    Ok, so the "/" and no "/" are indeed 2 different things. What should we do then, just pick one or the other and stick with it? I'm assuming that the same goes for "www" or no "www" as well.
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  • Profile picture of the author Nicky Papers
    Yes, there is a difference. In your link building campaigns you may want to vary URL structures to include:

    http://www.yourdomain.com
    http://www.yourdomain.com/
    http://yourdomain.com
    http://yourdomain.com/
    http://www.yourdomain.com/index.php (if applicable + non www versions)
    http://www.yourdomain.com/index.html (if applicable + non www versions)
    http://www.yourdomain.com/#
    http://yourdomain.com/#
    http://bit.ly/yOurDoMaiN
    http://www.bit.ly/yOurDoMaiN + Other URL shortening services too!

    There are probably dozens more URL combinations / variations out there. This is an area of SEO that you should certainly not overlook, especially if you are building links on the same sets of domains repeatedly.
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  • Profile picture of the author chasiffareed
    4 months ago i did experiments on this issue. I started link building for my website with URl(www.domain.com/#1) for one medium competitive keyword i achieved the ranking position (2nd), I have seen the results same as without (www.domain.com).
    You will not have any problem if you write canonicalize URL for the sake of link building but will found issue when point to the page that does not exist (www.domain.com/commonsense) (commonsense doesn't exist).
    Mattcutt said end dash technically represents two separate pages, but didn't said link value will not be transferred to the domain.
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    • Profile picture of the author kimcarter14
      With or without slash, your site would still be the same. Google still counts it as one link only.
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      • Profile picture of the author Brendan Mace
        Originally Posted by kimcarter14 View Post

        With or without slash, your site would still be the same. Google still counts it as one link only.
        WRONG!

        Google technically considers "www.yoursite.com" and "www.yoursite.com/" as two SEPARATE pages. However, Google will only index one version.

        Because most people do not understand the way google crawls web pages, Google does try and interpret intent. So if your webpage is indexed as "www.yoursite.com" but you receive a backlink to "www.yoursite.com/" Google will attempt to redirect the authority over to the indexed version.

        The problem with being inconsistent is that Google does not always transfer over the authority from the deindexed version to the indexed version. Nobody's perfect. Including Google.

        THEREFORE, you should pick ONE version and be consistent. You will not receive any penalties for sending links to multiple versions. However, you will lose some link juice that's wasted on a page that isn't even indexed.
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  • Profile picture of the author lukemeister
    Interesting discussion - I guess I've always tried to vary it myself, my reason being that I want it to look natural as possible and using the exact same URL structure to link to the home page every time might look too forced if you have tons of links. But that's about the only reason I've ever had to mix it up really.
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  • Profile picture of the author katiemei
    Never thought they're different.
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  • Profile picture of the author dminorfmajor
    To my knowledge, even after reading through the comments of this thread, there is no critical difference. That being said, it's better to be safe than sorry so I would just pick the www.mydomain.com and only link to that. Even if it comes up with a "/" after you click on it. If there IS a difference, it's better to have linked to only one. If no possible good can come from something, why do it?
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  • Profile picture of the author Kris79
    I don't remember where but I've read that this is considered as two different links, so it would be better to take only one in your efforts.

    Maybe it even was Matt Cutts talking about duplicate content, but I'm not sure.
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  • Profile picture of the author stevemack
    I got confused, but most preferably picking only one version is better which will also not confuse search engines.
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