SEO Apache Mod rewrite

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I always tried to avoid using the .htaccess file as it either works really well or will take down the entire site. The code below will work on most sites using apache as long as they have modrewrite turned on and you edit the rules to suit your domain.
You may ready be using a .htaccess file on your server so double check as it may not show up on all FTP programs.

But why do you need to use one, well the short answer is you don’t but the long answer is it can help a lot to stop duplicate content being taken off search engines and in turn help improve your SEO.
For example how often do you see urls like ?

The code below will redirect any variation on your homepage to just one. it will add the www. to the domain name and remove the index.html or index.php which ever you might be using.

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^somedomain\.com$ [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.*)$$1 [R=301,L]

RewriteBase /
RewriteCond %{THE_REQUEST} ^[A-Z]{3,9}\ /index.html(.*)\ HTTP/ [NC]
RewriteRule .* [R=301,L]

Posted by Adi on January 12, 2009

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