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    Would the slashes effect your SERP rankings?
    Say your site used to be:
    mysite.com/articles/italian-food-recipes.html
    And Google was sending you plenty of traffic.

    and now its
    mysite.com/articles/italian-food-recipes.html/ (with a slash at the end)

    Would Google rank you lower for this, since you changed your structure?
    Or would it make no difference?

    I'm noticing a HUGE HUGE drop in traffic, right around the time I upgraded Wordpress and it changed my linking structure, and i dont know if its less from Google or not.

    Both urls still work and there is no 404 on either.
    thanks

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    I'm not sure if the slash makes a difference in SEO, but why did you make the change?
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    Doug

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    Quote Originally Posted by itsupportnotes
    I'm not sure if the slash makes a difference in SEO, but why did you make the change?
    I didnt change it, wordpress did And I cant figure out how to change it back.
    Its all .htaccess and permalinks thats confusing to me.


    I had to upgrade wordpress because my version was 2 years old and the security was bad.
    When I upgraded I have the same URLs, but now theres no slash at the end of my urls.
    They all still work.

    I want to know if Google would be bothered by this or not so I can investigage other reasons why my traffic went down so hard, or if its this reason.

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    Here is what I use in word press.

    Optoion > Permalinks > Common Options

    I have selected Custom structure:

    /%category%/%postname%.html
    Thanks,
    Doug

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    Quote Originally Posted by itsupportnotes
    Here is what I use in word press.

    Optoion > Permalinks > Common Options

    I have selected Custom structure:

    /%category%/%postname%.html
    Thanks
    When I do that though it doesnt put a slash at the end of my categories.

    So it makes it
    mysite.com/articles

    and I want
    mysite.com/articles/ (with a slash at the end)

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    omg, thank you!!!!!

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    No, this change won't make the page any less SEO-friendly.

    However, if you have lots of content and lots inbound links, you need to 301 redirect your old pages now to make sure that those links and pages still remain in Google's index. This is probably the source of your traffic drop.

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    IMHO
    dashes slashes and the rest do hurt your placement. although G has said use the _ for a break between words there is a limit to what they want to see.

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    /directory/ is a directory, and if the final forward slash isn't there, Apache will deal with it.

    /directory/page.html is a page - no confusion about that.

    So what is /directory/page.html/ with the forward slash at the end? is it a page or a directory? What's Apache going to do with that, and how will the search crawler deal with it? How is the crawler supposed to know whether .page.html/ and .page.html are the same URL or two different URLs serving up duplicate content?

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