Trailing Slashes: Root Domain Same Page But File Names Can Be Different Pages

Oct 9, 2009 • 8:43 am | comments (0) by | Filed Under SEO - Search Engine Optimization

A Google Webmaster Help thread has confirmation from Google on an old topic in SEO, the trailing slash. Here is the quick answer:

  • is the same as
  • is not the same as

I believe the last time we touched on URL normalization was back in 2004. In fact, in 2005, we spotted Google appending double slashes to URLs in their search results.

So there you have it. The root, slash or no slash are the same. However, file names are different when you add or remove a slash. Keep that in mind when you create pages.

Forum discussion at Google Webmaster Help.

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