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What is the correct address I should enter when linking to my site?

Discussion in 'Link Development' started by bad_bob00, Apr 18, 2007.

  1. #1
    Hi there,

    I've noticed that when most people get links to their website they link to http://www.xyz.com/ instead of linking to http://www.xyz.com.

    (They include a forward slash at the end of their domain name).

    Why is this? Also, if my domain is http://www.paid2review.co.uk should I also put the forward slash after my website address?


    Thanks for any help.
    Matt
     
    bad_bob00, Apr 18, 2007 IP
  2. sukantab

    sukantab Well-Known Member

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    It is just a practise. there is no difference from seo or Pagerank point of view...
     
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  3. bad_bob00

    bad_bob00 Active Member

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    #3
    Why do people do it? Just a habit? :confused:


    Thanks
     
    bad_bob00, Apr 18, 2007 IP
  4. cianuro

    cianuro Peon

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    #4
    It does make a difference depending on the default file served by your server.

    the proper way is http://www.yourdomain.com/

    Nice to see a league fan here :)
     
    cianuro, Apr 18, 2007 IP
  5. bad_bob00

    bad_bob00 Active Member

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    Yup, I love it :D

    So I should be linking like http://www.paid2review.co.uk/

    How would this affect the links I place in directories etc?


    Thanks
     
    bad_bob00, Apr 18, 2007 IP
  6. NYDAz

    NYDAz Peon

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    #6
    It's the same thing
     
    NYDAz, Apr 18, 2007 IP
  7. bad_bob00

    bad_bob00 Active Member

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    #7
    Two people say it's the same thing, one person says it's not the same thing... Anyone else got an opinion? Is there some sort of website/article that might be able to re-assure me?

    Thanks
     
    bad_bob00, Apr 18, 2007 IP
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    #8
    I prefer the trailing slash as well.

    Several reasons:
    • It looks proper and is a best practice
    • Doing so will force you to maintain consistent link structure with subdirectories
    • Server request issue- Say you have http://yourdomain.com/subdir - You definitely want a trailing slash because then the server knows it is a directory that is being requested.
     
    josh_coffman, Apr 18, 2007 IP
  9. cianuro

    cianuro Peon

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    Without a trailing slash, the server requests /whatever as a file. It has too look for it. That takes time and resources. Then it looks for a directory. Time and resources.
     
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    BigBadWolf Active Member

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    #10
    From an SEO perspective its the same thing, but from a usability and best practices point of view cianuro is correct, and that is the way I do it too.
     
    BigBadWolf, Apr 18, 2007 IP
  11. bad_bob00

    bad_bob00 Active Member

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    bad_bob00, Apr 18, 2007 IP
  12. cianuro

    cianuro Peon

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    Yes, you're welcome Mickey Love.
     
    cianuro, Apr 18, 2007 IP
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    bad_bob00 Active Member

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    Lol thanks a lot, rep has been given :)

    In the past I've always submitted my website to directories and sites without the forward slash, would this have done much harm to my site?
     
    bad_bob00, Apr 18, 2007 IP
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    Comenius Peon

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    #14
    It wouldn't have hurt your site at all.

    Personally I think the trailing slash on just the domain name doesn't look that great for aesthetic reasons. Look around the web at the big sites. Do you see any of them putting the trailing slash in their advertising?

    Also, unless you're running some super heavy site on a laptop, I wouldn't worry about the resource implications of using it. Most web servers run at fractions of their max utilization and this will have no measurable impact on the vast majority of sites.
     
    Comenius, Apr 18, 2007 IP
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    tradeya Notable Member

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    #15
    it give you the same result but with the / can make sure you wont typed your url wrong. I have seen many people typed like http://www.example.co and that domain is not exist so with / might help.
     
    tradeya, Apr 19, 2007 IP