MSN’s Google PageRank of 2 and Canonical URL Problems
MSN’s homepage – www.msn.com is now showing a Google toolbar PageRank of 2. This is another example of the canonical problem I covered in an earlier post.
Looking up the link information for msn.com and www.msn.com, you can see that Google considers these two different urls. In order to correct this problem, MSN could redirect msn.com to www.msn.com with a 301 redirect, but instead they used a 302.
I’m sure MSN understands the problem behind using a 302 and may be using this as a way to highlight the issues Google has with canonical urls. Hopefully Google will respond to this and fix the problem for all sites that have been affected – not just a big site like MSN.