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From Rob Weir <robw...@apache.org>
Subject Re: [WWW]Some trouble with the new URLs for the forums
Date Sun, 26 Aug 2012 16:03:35 GMT
On Sun, Aug 26, 2012 at 11:03 AM, RGB ES <rgb.mldc@gmail.com> wrote:
> 2012/8/26 Rob Weir <robweir@apache.org>:
>> On Sun, Aug 26, 2012 at 8:31 AM, RGB ES <rgb.mldc@gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Adding to the (lack of) redirection problem between the old and the
>>> new URL expressed on other threads, there are other problems reported
>>> by users. The first one is that forum notifications still arrive with
>>> only the old URL. Also, there are users experimenting problems with
>>> automatic log-in not working on the new URL.
>>>
>>> Another point that came to my mind is what happens with web crawler
>>> bots registered on the forums: I think that google, yahoo and all the
>>> others are still logging on (and indexing) the old URLs and ignoring
>>> the new ones. In fact, when you perform a web search on google, for
>>> example, about AOO all results that point to the forums show the old
>>> URL...
>>>
>>
>> Are we exposing two different URL's for the forums, with the same
>> content?
>
> Exactly. You can enter the forum from both, the user.service... and
> the forum.openoffice... addresses.
>

There are command line tools that can check this, but also anyone can
put a URL here:

http://www.webconfs.com/redirect-check.php

It is not showing any redirection.


>
>  If so that is bad for Google.  It could penalize the forums
>> in search results due to the "duplicate content penalty"  (essentially
>> it looks spammy to have identical content at multiple different
>> URL's).
>>
>> See:  http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com/2008/09/demystifying-duplicate-content-penalty.html
>>
>> The preferred way is to either:
>>
>> 1) Redirect from the old URL to the new URL
>>
>> or
>>
>> 2) Use the re="canonical" directive to ;et Google know what the
>> preferred URL is;
>> http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com/2009/02/specify-your-canonical.html
>>
>>
>>> Could a redirection solve all this problems at once?
>>>
>>> Regards
>>> Ricardo

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