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The browser isn't looking for a file. It's just asking for a resource. The server then decides what that resource returns. At it's most basic level that "file" is literally just a file. In the case of the default index page of a directory how the server is set up will determine which files is returned. Some servers are configured by default to return ...


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Your browsers doesn't load any file, it requests a resource which the server then provides at his discretion (lengthy elaboration below). If you type google.com into your browsers toolbar, the browser wil first append a protocol, either http:// or https. Then browser will look up the IP address belonging to google.com, which is 172.217.19.206. Your browser ...


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Wow. This is too big a topic to cover completely, so I will try and focus on your question with something of a mini-tutorial. When you do a site:mydomain.com in Google, you will see your site listed somewhat in order of importance according to what Google has found. Often your sites home page is listed first, but not always. If it is not, do not worry about ...


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Question: is there any recommended practice to implement this kind of homepage with permalinked URL? You should let the homepage be the homepage and you should not add redirects. Each time a robot wants to index your homepage, there would be a redirect to some new page (at least one new page each day). This is not helpful for your ranking. Instead, ...


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I use my personal web site as my professional web site too. The front page is the only place where I'm overtly self-promotional, and even there I bring in a bunch of stuff such as: Latest blog posts (sometimes) Latest commitments to my Mercurial repositories Links to interesting tutorials that I've written I do rather well in search engines for the ...


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You can make a 302 - temporary redirect. Example in PHP: header("Location: /product/list", true, 302); // temporal redirect The browsers requests the /home url, gets status 302, new url: /example back from the server. Your browser now says "Oh ok, I'll now open /example for now". Bots understand the redirect; the 302 makes them understand this is ...


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I'm wondering how I know what file is being rendered. I can eventually guess it accurately on a long enough timeline by simply explicitly calling on that filename in the URL. www.xyz.com/index.html fail to load anything? Then try www.xyz.com/index.htm and then so on until I get the site to render. I'm just looking for a shortcut to know what file my ...


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You seem to have some sort of JavaScript blocked. When I access the Site with Firefox and NoScript active i get the same link, when I turn it of (thus allowing Javascript) I get: http://www.aap.org/en-us/Pages/Default.aspx I can't give you exact info what all that above stuff in your url means, but it seems like some empty user identifier or cookie.


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That kind of borders on cloaking and could get you dinged or even banned from Google. What you might think about doing is for first time users having your home page with all of the information and a big "Get Started" button and if they return use a cookie to identify they user and redirect them to http://domain.com/abcde.


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I've never come across any specific/official terminology to refer to the different pages. To the end user they are usually seen as the same page - the same URL - the home page. In generic terms, the "home page when logged out" could perhaps be shortened to the "default home page" or "logged out home page" (when there is a distinct difference). The "home ...


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Why don't you mix both of them? Google likes fresh content, so having latest post will make Search Engines to crawl your homepage more often and rank better. If you also have it optimized for your primary keyword/s, you'll have the perfect homepage. Here's a Seo Moz article explaining the benefits of freshness, which are a bunch of them.


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By applying redirect from your home page to a random post, you can confuse visitors. For example and especially when visitors click on a link like www.example.com (your home page URL), they expect see your home page, not a post. Moreover, you can also confuse Googlebot and other search engines bots (and thus SEO) if the home page is always redirected to a ...


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I do understand your concern about SEO. However don't forget about your visitors: what will help them the most? A 404 or a redirect to your front page which contains all the content you have on your site. Personally I think a 404 error might break the single page user experience you're creating. However in case there is need for a 404 error, your visitors ...


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In the past I had a small site to which the anchor text to the homepage (index page in your case) was a keyword, and not "home". It worked quite well in terms of ranking on Google. But in my case, the homepage was a long page with content, and it was one of the main pages of the site (small site). I'm not sure how your homepage looks like. If the homepage ...


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Agree with I.G. Pascual. For an exhaustive list of onsite factors that you should apply to your whole site and not just the homepage see: http://www.seomoz.org/learn-seo/on-page-factors for marrying up good keyword research with good user experience see: http://www.seomoz.org/ugc/searcher-intent-my-main-focus-when-it-comes-to-keyword-research Its all ...


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A simple solution on the Apache server side is using Basic access authentication. See the section "Getting it working" for an example. And here some answers on Stackoverflow. Pro: If you have access to the command line and your webserver it's a 2 minute set up that blocks access to your project. Con: Managing access this way for many users might be ...


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In my opinion the home page/front page is the master key of the website. The home page should be where the user start and go back to access to all the ramifications of the website (which are not necessarily always available to the user on any page). For sites that require log-in to allow access to the content: The home page is the first page the user ...


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There is one possible solution using the Javascript History API, which can change the URL in the address bar without redirecting or reloading the page. See the answer here for details: Updating address bar with new URL without hash or reloading the page.


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This is a good place to ask. It depends on how you want to handle it. If you had offices on each continent you could give them the names of the continents or geographical areas to pick. Or you could give a link to the head office or international headquarters. If you want the actual name of the country from them you could have a text box where they could ...


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There are two reasons for having country specific content; language and local information. One thing that's good about the samsung page is it lists what language the selection is in. A user whose country isn't listed can pick a nearby country that does have its language. The second reason is for local content. If you don't have any local content for a ...


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If you look at the answer to this question you can see that Google may choose to put something in your search box and see what the results are. So the best way to tell Google and other search engines about the pages on your site is to create a sitemap - see http://www.sitemaps.org/. You could also put a "sitemap" link at the bottom of the page linking to a ...


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Don't use relative URLs! The bot is extended enough to guess the absolute URL from your other declarations , like base, canonical etc. But relative URLs are the cause of calculation overhead and, finally, is an obstacle for good and fast crawling and and correct information mapping.


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MOZ drives me nuts. It is not on my short list of favorite sites. Sorry. You have not linked to the resource that you are reading and some of your terms are a bit confused. For this reason, I cannot directly address what you are referring to. That is okay. I will go through some of this for you anyway. First of all. Stop thinking in terms of keywords. ...


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I am wondering if [it] is necessary [to have these files?] No, it isn't strictly necessary to have any particular files on a web server, including any "default" index pages (the ones you listed). [W]hat happens if there is no such file name[?] The server will generally do one of five things: dump a directory list of the files that are available ...


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Google already announce in their Webmaster Support that If we’ve detected that a particular result has one of the above issues with its title, we may try to generate an improved title from anchors, on-page text, or other sources. However, sometimes even pages with well-formulated, concise, descriptive titles will end up with different titles in our ...


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To the best of my knowledge, it's actually better for SEO. The reason for this, is because you're telling search engines exactly what you're about, and that isn't changing (or drastically changing). You can have H1 and H2 tags that are extremely relevant to your niche, control your outbound links 100%, and link to the other most important content on your ...


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Having a link in a button or not it doesn't affect the ranking juice transfer in any way. If it works for you in some practical way you better keep it. It's a harmless little button after all.


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There's little to no ranking value here. Just do what is right for your design and users.


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This one is simple. Your title tag is too long! This is a common mistake that I detail in these answers: Title in Google does not match <title> of document Title tag different from title appearing in Google? There is a limit of 512 pixels at least for Google. I cannot speak for Bing. Any wider character such as W, G, D, or X will take up additional ...



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