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You can now tell Google what is the proper URL for a page

Google has announced that you can tell them what URL is correct. This is very helpful for enforcing URL’s. The new feature is called

Google says they treat it as a “hint that we honor strongly” I still believe that you should enforce url’s yourself programaticly using 301 redirects. One of the reasons for having nice short URL’s that contain Keywords in them is to make it easier for people to link to you. It is also to make it easier to email your link and post links in chats or forums. You don’t want people using www.tinyurl.com for your links because you are now advertising tiny url and not your site.

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  • MBT Shoes February 26, 2009, 9:09 am

    I use the .htaccess file to do this. Do you have an opinion on which is better? I’ve always found that using the .htaccess file to handle it all in one spot is a great solution.