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Where does the URL parameter “?chocaid=397” come from?

In Google Webmaster Tools, I noticed that my front page was indexed two times: example.com/ example.com/?chocaid=397 I know that I could fix this with the use of link type canonical, but I wonder: ...
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Having keyword twice in URL is good or not

Let's say the keyword i am targeting is "JavaScript" for seo of my website And My domain name is JavaScript.com. Now i post a blog something like "What is the scope of variables in JavaScript". So my ...
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Is a trailing slash appropriate before URL parameters?

I understand that http://www.example.com/product and http://www.example.com/product/ can actually be seen as 2 different URLs and is probably best avoided for SEO purposes, but how does this ...
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Is it possible to track URL parameters and then the value of a cookie?

I have recently launched a site for a customer which we would like to track initial visits on URLs like below via Google Analytics, and then track revisits on their respective referral code: Users ...
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What does Enable/Disable mean in Bing's URL Normalization feature?

I'm in Bing Webmaster Tools, under Index > URL Normalization. Many parameters are listed in the table with 3 other columns: Status, Source, Date. The "Source" column says "Webmaster" where I have ...
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Duplicate content due to URL parameters ('canonical' link type can’t be used)

There are over 40k pages of duplicate content that was flagged during an audit. It seems that most are due to the parameters in the URLs. The format is below: http://example.org/site/UserLogin http:/...
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Writing clean urls with .htaccess

Update - Alright thanks everyone for your tests, it really helped. The code is good. My problem was not having absolute "/" links. (Due to moving from public_html folder). Only 2 concerns i have now. ...
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How to construct the URL for search with multiple input?

I am having a home page where I can search on multiple tags. How should I construct the URL? Suppose I search for tag = test_1 and tag = test_2 Should I construct the url like http://www.example....
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Google Analytics Campaigns - cleanup URL after arriving to webpage?

After visitor lands to my webpage using campaign url: http://www.mydomain.com?utm_source=signature&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=myname Is it possible to do a rewrite to http://www.mydomain....
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PHP header redirect that maintains query parameters?

I am experimenting with the PHP redirect http://www.phpjunkyard.com/tutorials/php-redirect.php. Specifically the 301 redirect to create a self correcting URL to help with typos - there's a unique ID ...
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Does using the Google URL shortener add anything to utm_ tracking tags in Google Analytics?

I scanned a qr code from a competitor today, and they used the googl URL shortner. Though the destination was a facebook page, not an actual website, I noticed that there weren't any parameters ...
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How to correctly remove parameters from the Google index?

Within the GWT console under URL Parameters there are two settings that I'm not clear on. What is the difference between setting a URL parameter to: No: Doesn't affect page content and Yes:...
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Robots.txt to block a parameter instead of a directory

It's my understanding that URLs are of the format example.com/something/somethingelse. It's my understanding that parameters follow the URL with a question mark example.com?l=fr_FR My CMS website ...
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How to tell Google to ignore URL parameters and forget about any already crawled?

Is there any way we can delete Google URL Parameters? I know in webmaster tools that there is no option to delete the URL parameters that were crawled by Google, but is their any other way we can take ...
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Should I be 301 redirecting query strings in shopping carts?

Should I redirect query strings in a shopping cart discovered by Google Webmaster Tools, which we don't want to show up there. Should we 301 URL like this? example.com=shop.ask&product_id=31&...
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Google webmaster tools: parameters that only apply on one page

I'm trying to get my e-commerce website on google and still figuring out how it all works. Now, I have seen this feature named URL-parameters, allowing me to set different parameters that affect page ...
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IE strips off parameters from a file URI pasted into an address bar?

Question: How do I stop IE from stripping off parameters from file URI pasted into address bar? Description of a problem: I have a "simpleTest.html" page with only this JS code inside, that returns ...
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Best way to analyse url paramaters for a single page within Google Analytics?

I'm trying to study real world usage of a search page in a website. The search results page use URL parameters for its settings. The parameters are very simple and straight forward, for example: ...
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How to remove parameters from getting indexed on my desktop link from mobile site?

I have example.com and m.example.com which both rel=canonical and rel=alternate to each other. On my mobile site I have a "desktop site" link that links to example.com?mobileOut that opts out of the ...
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How to get a more detailed Google Analytics report about a campaign

I'm running an e-commerce website and have a featured product block on the home page. When the banner is generated, the URL is dynamically assembled using the Google Campaign URL Builder guidelines: ...
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Is URL consistency important? Can I have multiple URL styles on one website?

I have a website in which the URL structure is mysite.com/Anything_Here/And_Something_Here. I would like to have another section in the same site with mysite.com/new-section/and-new-contents-here/...
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How long does it take for URL Parameters changes to take effect on Google Webmaster Tools?

Google was showing up pages with affiliate ID parameter in the search results. After some research on how to disallow this, I came across URL parameters in Webmaster tools. I set the parameters for ?...
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Do URL parameters In Google Webmaster Tools need just a name, or both a name and a value?

We're working on a new e-commerce store (subdomain) and have noticed that Google has crawled much of the store subdomain pages already. The issue is that they have a ton of URL String Parameters ...
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Omniture Tracking Codes Showing Up in Google Analytics

I have a website uses Adobe Omniture for web analytics. We have some internal tools that automatically append Omniture tracking codes to links within specific modules. Within those modules we link ...
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Should I have link rel=next & prev on URLs which have query variables?

For example, I have link rel prev & next set up on these pages of products: site.com?page=2 site.com?page=3 (this is my preferred structure by the way and I'm trying to get all the ugly URLs ...
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Google Webmaster Tools -> URL-Parameter after Migration from Magento

After migrating from magento to a different e-commerce system I can find lots of URL-Parameters with millions of monitored sites: Is it safe to reset those? Or better leave them? We already had a ...
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Why Google recommendations for multilingual urls don't correspond to what they use (hl=xx)?

Google's recommendations for multilingual sites say that: URL parameters site.com?loc=de Not recommended But they use them for all their services like: google.com, play.google.com, support....
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What should I do with my duplicate product page urls for best SEO impact?

I have a link to a product page like this: /products/pandora-midcalf The page can be linked to from our internal search engine to go to a specific color, by adding the id of the color like this: /...
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Is utm_source really mandatory in Google Analytics?

According to the Google URL Builder document, utm_source, utm_medium and utm_campain are mandatory. What happens in Google Analytics when you only fill out the latter two, for example: http://...
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Canonical URL's for interchangeable parameters

I'm wondering how should I use canonical tags in such a case: I compare two items, lets say shoe brands. So one of my pages look like this: http://shoes.com/compare/adidas/vs/nike/ and another ...
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How to fail in case of incorrect URI parameter?

What is the correct way to fail when the user provides a wrong or not applicable value for a query parameter? with a HTTP 406 Not Acceptable status code and a page describing the issue with a HTTP ...
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De-index URL parameters by value

Upon reading over this question is lengthy so allow me to provide a one sentence summary: I need to get Google to de-index URLs that have parameters with certain values appended I have a website ...
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Google attempting crawl of URLs with parameter randomly placed in URL

We have a weird SEO issue; In Google Webmaster Tools we are seeing a huge spike in Not Found Server Errors. There are a set of several hundred dynamic pages which we need to maintain (though not ...
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Why Google does not fetch some $_GET parameters in URL?

I have StackOverflow style URL's in my site, like mysite.com/article/42/the-article. However, when I search for the article, I see that Google has fetched it like this mysite.com/article/42/. Am I ...
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Crawl Budget economy: what to do with URLs with tracking parameters?

So, a site has inbound links to a lot of important pages and these links have URL parameters. These URL parameters are basically used just for tracking purposes, similar to the way Amazon links to its ...
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Session ID Creating 404 Errors

Problem: Website contains URLs with parameters Session ID gets inserted into URLs when Googlebot crawls page with parameter (sorting) options Session ID is created and then expires, creating a 404 ...
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Apache .htaccess - All URLs with different parameters to ONE redirect

I need some help with .htaccess redirect. http://www.example.de/test-music.html?p1=1&p2[test]=23 http://www.example.de/test-music.html?p1=6&p2[test3]=5 ALL of them need to be redirected to ....
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Using a URL parameter for tracking like Amazon

If you look at the Amazon home page you will find that all their links are using a pattern like this one from their navigation menu. http://www.amazon.com/MP3-Music-Download/b/ref=...
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unexpected url parameters added by 3rd party browsers

I have a static html website. And I am receiving many incoming visitor, which are adding parameters to url "?from=singlemessage&isappinstalled=0" "?from=timeline&isappinstalled=0" is it ...
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Why are the custom campaign parameters in Google Analytics so long?

Adding several Google Analytics custom campaign parameters can make URLs very long.* For example, in Google's own examples: http://www.example.com/?utm_campaign=spring&utm_medium=referral&...
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Google and querystring parameter capitalization?

I looked all over the web, but I could not find an answer to this. We all know that Google treats different capitalization of Urls as potentially duplicate content. My question is, what about ...
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How to track clicks on inbound links besides via URL parameters?

We use a custom CMS on a site and we're having various parameters on inbound links for own tracking and inbound marketing purposes. Usually these URL parameters are added to the links so the system ...
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Is it a good idea to change URL scheme of an established website to match query?

I'm targeting queries are in the form: "X Y for Z" Website is very established (1M+ traffic), but the competitor with URLs /X-Y/for/Z got to the 1st place (we were a first place for years). Our ...
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Is it possible to get URLs with parameters not indexed by Google if they contain hashtags?

Some sources say to use # before the parameters in URL, others recommend using #! or !#... So, if I'm using category filters on a page, to add parameters to URLs and sort items based on price, color ...
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UTM-alternative for adding parameters with exiting Analytics campaign terms

I'm using the excellent UTM-alernative by dm-guy here to create a cookie and inject the campaign source into a form. However, although that works extremely well for the form, the UTM replacement /?src=...
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Why are these pages showing as duplicate content in Google Webmaster Tools? [closed]

The following two URLs are showing up as having duplicate meta descriptions in my Google Webmaster Tools and I have spent the past couple of months unable to find out why that is: http://www.example....
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How can I set parameters in Google webmaster tools so that my dynamic content is indexed?

I have read questions about URL parameters in Google Webmaster Tools in this site and the Google Webmaster Help Center but I have a problem. My site searches in the database and show some information....
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Does Google Analytics automatically handle URLs containing a jsessionid?

When a user visits my web site, the first page they load has a jsessionid appended to the URL like this: http://foo.com/Welcome.do;jsessionid=1234567890abcdef Note that the jsessionid parameter is ...
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Why is ?publisher=4846312192 param added and indexed?

If you search google you will see ~37K indexed domains/pages using this exact same param. I don't know where this param comes from. What is causing this?
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Managing URL with Multiple Parameters in Webmaster Tools

I have launched a new site that was a mobile-friendly redesign of the old site. There are a couple parameters and a session id in the URL (below): mysite.com/products/product-name/;jsessionid=...