Which one of the following links is the correct and SEO friendly URL? http://example.com/software/view/35531716?download=WhatsApp-2.12.258.apk/ (with / at the end) or http://example.com/software/view/35531716?download=WhatsApp-2.12.258.apk (without / at the end)?

  • Adding the / slash at the end invalidates the request- the webserver will now take your 35531716?download=WhatsApp-2.12.258.apk and look for a directory of that name. – closetnoc Aug 26 '15 at 18:26
  • It can be a bit of a redirect trickery. It could also be a directory. It could be both. I have never seen this before that I recall. Someone here should know something. – closetnoc Aug 26 '15 at 18:35
  • Upon thinking about it, I do not think that one over the other would be better or much better from an search performance perspective. They are mostly the same. I do believe that semantics against a directory versus a file name is slightly more advantageous, however, I am not sure if so, by how much. – closetnoc Aug 26 '15 at 18:46
  • @closetnoc So what do you suggest? Should I add / at the end of URL or not? – Maroof Mandal Aug 26 '15 at 18:48
  • I would not personally bother, but that is just me. If you want to and know how to and can create a canonical tag pointing to just one, then Why Not? If you want to, I cannot see how it will hurt! Just remember the canonical tag so that Google does not see it as duplicate content. – closetnoc Aug 26 '15 at 18:51