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    internal links to "index" or "domain name"??


    I have read a number of posts where the advice has been to point all internal links to your domain name and not index.htm...Why.....what possible difference can it make..would someone clear this up for me.
    Also, and this might sound silly, would'nt the page take longer to load if someone clicked on the "home"link and it was pointing to the URL and not index.htm?
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    if you don't understand what difference it'd make you should learn more about search engine optimization.

    the number of links pointing to a page is very important.

    and to google

    www.domain.com is not the same as www.domain.com/index.htm
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    Originally Posted by disgust
    if you don't understand what difference it'd make you should learn more about search engine optimization.
    Maybe that's why he's here. Disgust is right about inex being viewed as a different page than your domain name (although I've seen a couple examples where there's some obvious connection eg DMOZ links showing for both) so you should always be consistent with how you link to home. Otherwise you split the "ranking value" of your links/PR to two seperate pages.

    It's recommended to always use the full URL of your domain because that's how natural links would work. Make sure to request those linking to you to include the www for the same reason.

    Dazzling Donna has an great resource in her sig that'd be good reading. Someone talked about making it a sticky, was that Vord, in either regard it's worth finding.

    Second Part: "would'nt the page take longer to load if someone clicked on the "home"link and it was pointing to the URL and not index.htm?" No
    Last edited by dilligaf; Jul 11th, 2004 at 10:02 PM. Reason: second part
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    I dont think it makes any difference..I think disgust is wrong. I started this post because when I check my backlinks on google it lists index as well as domain. Google see it as the same page. When I go to my site and check backlinks using the toolbar all the internal links that I have pointing to domain/index.htm show up. If google seen this as a different page they would not show right?
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    DILLIGAF......Off the subject for a minute.....Great sig "dilligaf".....I, was part of a marathon kayak team and we called ourselves by that name, it was fun explaining it to other competitors..........
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    Originally Posted by oldmanrunner
    I dont think it makes any difference..I think disgust is wrong. I started this post because when I check my backlinks on google it lists index as well as domain. Google see it as the same page. When I go to my site and check backlinks using the toolbar all the internal links that I have pointing to domain/index.htm show up. If google seen this as a different page they would not show right?
    and when you search for backlinks to "domain.com" it's the same as "www.domain.com"

    but that doesn't mean google doesn't see them as two different urls.

    http://square-central.com/ - PR0
    http://www.square-central.com/ - PR5
    http://ffinsider.net/ - PR3
    http://www.ffinsider.net/ - PR5

    I could find more if you like
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    You will have to pardon my ignorance disgust but the evidence points to the fact that google see's them as the same page, I know I am new to this but HOW DO YOU KNOW GOOGLE SEE,S THEM AS 2 DIFFERENT URL,S ? A search for backlinks on www.domain,com also shows all the backlinks for www.domain.com/index.htm as well.
    Google clearly see,s them as the same page..............Maybe this is just some SEO gem from the past that is simply not relevent now. Again, how do you know? Is there evidence?
    i am only talking about internal links here not with or without www.
    Last edited by oldmanrunner; Jul 12th, 2004 at 01:39 AM. Reason: I made a mistake
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    with or without the www is treated exactly the same way, though.

    if you want to insist that google sees them as the same page, you're more than welcome to. but no one else here believes that; and anynoe remotely experienced with SEO is going to link back to the primary domain.

    more evidence:

    what if you have index.htm, index.html, index.php, and index.shtml all in the same directory, and google finds all of them? how could google possibly know which one of those files is the "real" index?

    google doesn't make assumptions like this.
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    Discust is correct.

    Take note, and make the adjustments.

    Remember, we ARE dealing with a computer formula.

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    Originally Posted by disgust
    if you want to insist that google sees them as the same page, you're more than welcome to. but no one else here believes that; and anynoe remotely experienced with SEO is going to link back to the primary domain.

    more evidence:

    what if you have index.htm, index.html, index.php, and index.shtml all in the same directory, and google finds all of them? how could google possibly know which one of those files is the "real" index?

    google doesn't make assumptions like this.
    I am with disgust on this one. You will need to understand that Google works on software technology(i.e. a computer formula) and it does not have the ability to make assumptions as you can. It will treat all the urls as different ones.

    http://www.somedomain.com/index.htm
    http://www.somedomain.com/index.html
    http://www.somedomain.com/index.shtml
    http://www.somedomain.com/index.php
    http://www.somedomain.com/index.asp, etc.,

    Hope you understand that.
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    Did you test this? I created some index files and looked at the PR. The following had the same PR, even if they were new pages.
    http://www.somedomain.com/
    http://www.somedomain.com/index.htm
    http://www.somedomain.com/index.html

    All the other index files were given a PR0. Backlinks are the same to. Does anyone have any evidence that there is a difference between /, index.htm and index.html? Thanks.
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    I understand what you are saying.google cant make assumptions so when i checK backlinks for www.domain.com why does google list my internal links that point to www.domain.com/index.html
    Isn't google making an assumption here. Some of my internal links point to www.domain.com and some poin to index.html google lumps them together.
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    Even we talk about computer formula it seems sometime Google do assumtion, but, oldmanrunner, I think we should not get risk and better to do for safe side, use same url and extension always.
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    I would always link back to the domain name. Every time. It's got to be the safest thing to do.

    However - one interesting thing: viewing the pagerank using tool bar shows:
    www.domain. com and domain. com have different PR, www.domain. com and index.htm have the same PR.
    I think this is a recent thing - I'm sure it started happening this year.

    This is not the case for index.php or default.asp.
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