mydomain.com or mydomain.com/

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Whats up ya'll,

I have an issue that I am kind of confused on..

I do not use the www.mydomain.com

but use my domain.com

But I am confused about the /

Which should I send backlinks to?
Is it the same?
Does it count in Googles eyes as duplicate content?
Whats the color of the sky?

Hope you all get my point.

Thanks in advance
#mydomaincom #mydomaincom or
  • Profile picture of the author UpzeeDotCom
    Google does consider them to be slightly different URLs but you will not get duplicate content penalties because of them. What you should do:

    (1) In Google Webmaster Tools you can specify with www or without as your preferred URL. Set one of them. I know this wasn't your question, but it falls under the same scope of a preferred URL.

    (2) You should setup server side redirects to either automatically include the trailing forward slash or automatically remove it. It really doesn't matter either way, but you want your site to be consistent.

    (3) When you're doing link building, always link build to the preferred method you setup in step #2.

    If you setup your preferred URLs in Google Webmaster Tools, setup your server so the trailing forward slash is redirected to your preferred version and point all of your links at the same URL then you can be 100% certain that your link juice is all concentrated on the exact same URLs rather than variations.
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  • Profile picture of the author janeiro82
    Choose one of both options and stick to it.

    Then send links to the option you chose. I've seen both variations ranking number 1 in google.
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    • Profile picture of the author Bluesman Of MLM
      Awesome thanks a lot for the fast reply! Love this forum!
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  • Profile picture of the author Justin W
    I've found that the two are the same for me in rankings and building backlinks, but if you want to be safe, go with what others recommended and just stick to one.
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  • Profile picture of the author webdevpro
    Slash doesn't matter but www matter because it is treated as subdomain. So you need to stuck with or without slash (/) for consistency.
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    • Profile picture of the author Bluesman Of MLM
      So how do I see if my domain in my webmasters account is with or with out? I have been using it with but want to make sure its also in my webmasters account as well.

      Another question, I was going through my crawl errors and notices a bit of 404s. What do you all do with the not found links in your crawl errors?
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  • Profile picture of the author mramp
    Google says / is better - but if you look at really big websites, some do it, some don't. It doesn't really matter.

    Cheers
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  • Profile picture of the author UMS
    Seven answers and none are correct. :rolleyes:

    When you type in

    example.com

    into your browser, it actually makes two requests as

    example.com

    will be a 301 redirect to

    example.com/

    or

    example.com/index.php

    or something else similar.

    The webserver is set up to do this for you automatically.

    From a SEO/backlinking point of view, it doesn't really matter if you specify the / or not.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bluesman Of MLM
    awesome thanks UMS
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