"/" and "/index.html" in URL Mean the same to Google!

Mar 19, 2009 | 5,696 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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In one of his blog posts, Barry Schwartz talks about the confirmation by Google, on the same treatment of "/" and "/index.html" in the URLs. The topic has become a hot debate in the Google Webmaster Forum.

Googler, JohnMu, confirms that both "/" and "/index.html" in the home page are typically treated the same by Google. He also said that with or without these server header responses (301s, 404s, etc.) will remain the same.

However, Google will treat these headers differently only if the webpages have different content. The news has really surprised many webmasters who had no clue about them so far.

4.thumbnail / and /index.html in URL Mean the same to Google!

Navneet Kaushal

Navneet Kaushal is the founder and CEO of PageTraffic, an SEO Agency in India with offices in Chicago, Mumbai and London. A leading search strategist, Navneet helps clients maintain an edge in search engines and the online media. Navneet's expertise has established PageTraffic as one of the most awarded and successful search marketing agencies.
4.thumbnail / and /index.html in URL Mean the same to Google!
4.thumbnail / and /index.html in URL Mean the same to Google!