I'm having some trouble determining what exact URL I should be using for my category pages. Because of the type of site, I use the category pages alot and want them to show up in Google. Basically, I have parent category and a child category. Now, for my site's navigation bar, I've always use the following URL:
But, I'm seeing Google showing in the searches and traffic to the following URL, which is the same content as above
As a hack, I did a 301 from the second to the first. Is there something else I'm doing wrong? I don't think a 301 is an appropriate hack.
By going with the first URL, did I make a mistake initially? I like the first URL better as its a little cleaner than the second. But for whatever reason Google likes the second even though I have no internal links pointing to it.
Anyone have any ideas?