301 redirect for www and the trailing slash SEO tip

Search Engines see and as two different site and to further confuse the issue if you are using the trailing / it can look to the engines that you have 4 different sites with the combination if backlinks pointing to the various options. The has the effect of dilluting the value of the links to your site.

The solution is to use an .htaccess file with this code:

1st URL advertised in a computer magazine

I was digging around (now known as the way back machine) for a copy of one of the actual ads that I authored and ran in Computer Shopper between Oct '93 and Oct '94 a couple of years before the Internet was commercial for an interview today with The Daily Kent Stater at Kent State University and found one from Oct '94.

Historical 1993-94 Internet ad in Computer Shopper
1993-94 Internet ad in Computer Shopper

Usually when I tell people about my 15 minutes of fame according to Andy Warhol they'll respond "but we all know that Al Gore invented the Internet". I'll smile and respond I don't claim to have invented the 'net, or wish to take anything away from either Al Gore or Tim Berners-Lee, just having attempted to capitalize on it as ethically as possible at the time through traditional print media instead of spam (still a bad thing), for which I'm very proud to have been at the right place at the right time in history.