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From Ross Gardler <rgard...@apache.org>
Subject Re: Forrest sites google ranking
Date Sat, 07 May 2005 13:41:10 GMT
David Crossley wrote:
> Ross Gardler wrote:
> 
>>I just noticed that the changes in the Forrest site have resulted in a 
>>complete loss of our google ranking. That is we currently have a rank of 
>>"n/a". Prior to the redirects we had a very healthy 7.
>>
>>Since our redirect will change every time we release a new version this 
>>loss of ranking will happen with each release.
>>
>>Of course, the Google engine still has the old indexes and these links 
>>will be redirected when the user arrives. My concern is that over time 
>>we will suffer because of this.
>>
>>I think we need to change the website so that we have an index.html page 
>>that is consitent through all releases. However, I do not claim to fully 
>>understand the Google ranking algorithm, so please correct me if I am wrong.
> 
> 
> I wonder if we just need to use "AliasMatch" directives
> for apache httpd rather than the RedirectMatch that we are
> currently using.

I'm no httpd whizz, nor google whizz for that matter, but if the
AliasMatch means that the URL still appears, in the client, as
http://forrest.apache.org then I think this will work.

Ross


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