Yahoo Still Trimming Off Trailing Slash, Causing Webmaster Headaches

Jun 3, 2008 • 9:43 am | comments (2) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Yahoo Search Engine Optimization
 

A new WebmasterWorld thread has complaints that Yahoo removes the trailing slash from the URLs, possibly causing 404 errors on the receiving site.

This is not new, I complained about this issue back in 2004 and it is still an issue for webmasters today.

For example, let's say you have a URL that is www.domain.com/category/. Now, Yahoo will list the URL as www.domain.com/category and strip off the ending trailing slash. On some servers, if a 301 redirect isn't set up from www.domain.com/category to www.domain.com/category/ then the page will resolve to a 404 page.

This has frustrated many webmasters for a long time and now, WebmasterWorld moderator, pageoneresults, asked:

So, can someone explain to me why both Yahoo! and Live strip the trailing forward slashes off the display URIs in the SERPs?

But no one had an explanation. We just have people agreeing with the frustration over how this is handled.

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

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Comments:

CVOS man

06/03/2008 10:40 pm

Ouch - this would cause serious problems for some sites that use URL rewriting.

Chris Bartow

06/08/2008 07:41 pm

Yahoo/Live shouldn't change a thing. If you are rewriting your urls so they look like directories they should work like directories. All you have to do is add /? in most cases to make life good.

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