JL Faverio: just make sure it`s consistent across the site, whichever you choose. IMO they should all end with a trailing slash.
נתן גאידאי: JL Faverio A trailing slash points at a folder. So it`s kind of dumb, no? I know that Google can tell the difference but still...
JL Faverio: there`s plenty of links out there with a trailing slash such as domain.com/category/article-name-here/ that doesn`t necessarily go to a folder. in my limited experience, I do know whichever you choose (slash or no slash) it should be consistent to prevent 404s and/or duplicate content.DOMAIN.COMDomain.com | 404 Error | Domain.comDomain.com | 404 Error | Domain.com
Michael Martinez: PageRank does not "split". It goes to a single destination, linking page to destination page.In the unlikely event that a site publishes both "/url/" and "/url" as separate documents, they would be treated by the algorithms as separate documents.Any linking pages pointing to "/url/" pass all of their PageRank to that destination.Any linking pages pointing to "/url" pass of all of their PageRank to that destination.They are separate and distinct addresses.Now, if the site serves the same content over both URLs, Google`s algorithms will pick a canonical address and fold all the PageRank into that choice.The site has the option of recommending a canonical address - but the content on both URLs must be identical.
נתן גאידאי: Michael Martinez So basically if I have an old school website that uses an "old" server and on the root (or any other folder) has a file named "file1" and a folder named "file1" I will have 2 urlsexample.com/file1 (an actual file)example.com/file1/ (folder) - which wll open up the directory itselfDo I get it right?
Michael Martinez: As long as the server rules don`t force one of them to redirect to the other.A content management system like WordPress could do the same thing.Otherwise, they are separate URLs. It depends on how things are set up.I wouldn`t want to create a structure like that.