my question pertains to the trailing slash and no slash in domains and the correct method for setting this up in Google Webmaster tools. I have read all other threads on this site related to this question and still cannot understand what is correct for my situation - please help.
I recently created a new blog on Blogger and I registered the [http:// no "www" with no "/"] and [http://"www" with no "/"] with the latter (http://www.myunstoppablecareer.com) being nominated as my preferred domain.
However, I recently noticed that both URL versions (slash (“/”) and no trailing slash) of my domain address return a HTTP/1.0 200 OK status code, which according to Google (e.g. Search Engine Optimisation Starter Guide) is bad and will cause issues in terms of duplicate content and diluted links /split page rank.
From what I understand the method to rectify this is to create a 301 redirect from one to the other (depending on preference and/or performance).
My preference would be to use the "www" and no trailing slash, purely because I think most people would use this.
By the way, if I enter ["www" with no "/"] version of my domain in a browser bar it does not (at least I don't think it does) auto add the slash however, if I copy and paste the the domain elsewhere, it displays as [http://"www" with a "/"]?? Does this mean that I am NOT using the trailing slash? I am confused.
How do I let Google know that I want the NO trailing slash version of my site recognized as my preferred site? Or have I already done this, by nominating http://www.example.com as the preferred site? Unlike a WordPress site, I do not have access to a htaccess file. Or do I register the [http://"www" with a "/"] version in Google Webmaster tools and nominate my existing [http://"www" with no "/"] a second time as the preferred domain? There is a redirect option in Blogger, but I think this is for pages and posts only…. I am not sure. Otherwise how do I use the rel=canonical tag in my template to achieve this? OR Do I need to nothing?
Apologies for all the information, I am fairly new to this and need help to understand.