How To Fix a Site With Different Extensions (.PHP, .HTML, .Htm, etc.) That Bring Up the Same Page Also Leads to Duplication and Potentially Wasted Link Value.

This is the duplicate URL problem. It’s possible to have different URLs that lead to the home page. Most websites have www and non-www duplication, which can result in a lot of unnecessary duplications for example :

  • https://www.aeserver.com
  • https://www.aeserver.com
  • https://www.aeserver.com/index.html
  • https://www.aeserver.com/index.html

The above URLs can lead to the page page. Some websites with different extensions lead to the same page, which can cause a potentially wasted link value and duplication.

To fix this problem, you should:

  1. Choose a single URL style from www or non-www and set your home page URL to https://www.aeserver.com or http://.aeserver.com, respectively. 301 redirect everything else to this URL.
  2. If you have different versions for tracking purposes, use a canonical tag to show the search engines which version you want to show in the search results.
  3. Make sure to link the correct version of your home page.
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