Dumb SEO Questions

(Entry was posted by Shao Chieh Lo on this post in the Dumb SEO Questions community on Facebook, Thursday, September 5, 2019).

Setting up your homepage URL

Is it actually a problem to set your homepage on URL other than www.domain.com?

Just read this article saying :
I do not quite understand the logic behind it, is it actually a problem to set your homepage on URL other than www.domain.com?

Home Page Has a Single URL
If your domain is www.foo.com, then your home page should “live” at www.foo.com.
It shouldn’t be
www.foo.com/index.html
www.foo.com/default.aspx
www.foo.com/index.php
or anything else. Those are all canonically different from www.foo.com. Make sure all links back to the home page are canonically correct.
Don’t depend on rel=canonical or 301 redirects for this. Make sure all internal site links point to the same canonical home page address. No site should ever require a 301 redirect from internal links to its own home page.


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YOUR ANSWERS

Selected answers from the Dumb SEO Questions G+ community.

  • Michael Martinez: It`s confusing and annoying to visitors to see that home page URL (or even a folder URL) change every time they click around the site. If there is proper canonical markup on the page then it`s not supposed to matter for SEO.
  • Mark Munroe: It is not an inherent SEO problem if set up correctly. However, Canonicals can break (and often do), redirects can break as well. Then you can end up with 2 home pages indexed, diluting PageRank, etc. Less moving parts means less potential problems in the future. So I think the advice is good but possibly not explained well enough.
  • Roger Montti: Some people set their home page to be but if you hover over the logo (linked to the home page) sometimes it`s set to a different URL like or http instead of the https or

    It`s something that some people let happen.

    The goal is to be consistent.
  • Shao Chieh Lo: Thank you everyone ( ´▽` )ノ

View original question in the Dumb SEO Questions community on Facebook, Thursday, September 5, 2019).

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