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Variations Of The Same Url


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#1 shimlad

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 09:52 AM


My mind is about to explode from all the different variations of the same URL my site will let you display.

Ok so to give you an idea the URL i want to display is for example:

www.example.com/activity/advert1.html

However my site will also display the exact same page with the following URL:

www.example.com/activity/Advert1.html

I asked my web developer to make it so that if sometime types the URL in with the capital A it redirects to the lowercase version which he has done sucsessfully.

However the site will still display the URL on almost any upper and lower case variation, for example:

www.example.com/activity/aDvert1.html

www.example.com/Activity/advert1.html

www.example.com/acTivity/advErt1.html

There has got to be a simpler solution that automatically 301s the incorrecet variations to your preffered solution?

please help! angel_not.gif




#2 Michael Martinez

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 12:44 PM

Ask your developer to canonicalize all the variations to a single completely lower-case variation with the "link rel='canonical'" meta directive.

If you care about BING traffic, ask him to NOT embed that tag on the actual all-lower-case page (I'm assuming these pages are delivered dynamically from a CMS).

#3 madams

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Posted 16 March 2012 - 09:03 AM

Is it important to do this Michael?

If the link goes to the correct page, what difference does it make if some letters are in caps.

#4 Michael Martinez

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Posted 16 March 2012 - 01:14 PM

The variant spellings will most likely be treated as separate and distinct URLs by the search engines if you do not canonicalize them.




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