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SEOMOZ reporting duplicate page title and content

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Hello,

I have started using the SEOMOZ tool and it is reporting that 2 pages have the same page title and content.

However they are the same page

ie
http://mydomain.com
http://mydomain.com/index.html

Is this something that I should ignore or is there is something I should do so that search engines know that the 2 pages are in fact the same page?

Thanks in advance.
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by:Tony McCreath
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A page is represented by a single URL. You have shown two different URLs, therefore they are not the same pages. They just contain the same content.

This particular setup is a common problem on websites. Multiple URls for the home page. Don't sweat it too much as it's a minor issue and one that the major search engines probably handle well anyhow.

The simplest fix is to find out where you have links to http://mydomain.com/index.html and change them to http://mydomain.com

This will stop the duplicate home page from being discover and eventually get it removed from the search engines.

If you wan't to get a bit more advanced, you can add a canonical tag to the index.htm page that indicates the other page is the official version.

Fully advanced and you can also create a 301 Redirect from the index.htm page to the correct one.
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How would one go about creating a 301 Redirect ?
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It depends on a few things, mostly what type of server you are using and the server side language you use. What are they?



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So to do 301 redirects you need to learn about editing the .htaccess file that should be in the root folder of your website.

The file may already exist and have content that your website CMS or webmaster has added.

Here's a snippet of code that should do what you need.

note the key thing is you never reference index.html in any links. That's fixing the source of the problem. The 301 redirect is just a band aid to stop the bleeding and help it heel.

 


# Needed before any rewriting can work
RewriteEngine On

# Place the following line after 'RewriteEngine On' 
# and before any CMS specific rewrite rules

RewriteRule ^index\.html$ / [R=301,NE,NC,L]

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