A URL, or Uniform Resource Locator, is an address for a file or resource that specifies where that resource is, and how to go about retrieving it.

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Google Webmaster Tools crawl error with 'function.session-start' URLs

I've got following error URLs from the Google Webmaster Tools crawl errors. http://www.mydomain.com/mydomain/shirts/function.session-start I've checked the those pages that links from but I didn't ...
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API demands & and not &

So I recently changed where my site is hosted, and my yp.com API requests are being thrown off, perhaps by a new version of PHP. http://api2.yp.com/listings/v1/search?searchLoc=oklahoma%20ok&term=...
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Do dynamic URLs have their own PageRank?

Do URLs with parameters have their own PageRank for the given parameters values or is the PageRank aggregated at basic page URL level ignoring the parameters?
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Is there a way to obtain a list of the links that Google has crawled?

I was concerned that Google was not obtaining all the links on my site during their crawl, but after going into Google Tools it seems I have a few hundred URL's indexed every week (approximately), ...
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Do some mail clients automatically urldecode %2b strings?

We have an email address verification process on our website. The site first generates an appropriate key as a string mykey It then encodes that key as a bunch of bytes &$dac~ʌ����! It then ...
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htaccess redirect pages that don't exist

I have a website that has a little over 100 members. Each member gets a replicated website, and by default the software we use sets up their replicated website at a url like: domain.com/?username "...
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change sitemap after 301 redirect

When I use 301 redirects for all URLs ... should i change sitemap URLs ??? ...... e.g: Sitemap contains bellow URLs example.com/cat/1.html example.com/cat/2.html example.com/cat/3.html Should i ...
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How Come This Website Is Not Suffering From Duplicate Content Issues? [closed]

If you visit the following website http://onedesigncompany.com/ and scroll down then you'll notice that the URL is being changed in the address bar. So, isn't it a duplicate content issue? Is not ...
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Plural vs singular word in URL and title tag

Please advise which is better for a page with multiple property listings: example.com/apartments-to-let/area vs example.com/apartment-to-let-area Isn't the plural better since it is an accurate ...
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Subcategorising for URL structure

Please explain which is the best URL structure and why: website.com/apartments-to-let/manhattan or website.com/apartments-to-let-manhattan This is a property site. Is it best for the bots to ...
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What should be done when one page has multiple parents?

I have a website which deals with mobile phones related information. Now I have a webpage which has all articles related to a mobile phone. Now this page can potentially have two parents one being ...
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How to calculate unicode URLs length for SEO?

As you know, URL Length is important for SEO. There is a ambiguity in URL length calculation for Unicode URLs. How search engines view my Unicode URLs? For Example the following URLs are same, ...
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Problem with my subdomain with .htaccess root as subdir

I am working on a site making my subdir to appear as root just like //domain.com/ is //domain.com/subdir and also access/load files hiding the subdir. My site have this .htaccess(below) and its ...
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Should my URLs be lowercase?

According to this blog ("Understanding SEO Friendly URL Syntax Practices") I should change http://example.com/Hello-Dolly To http://example.com/hello-dolly The reasons given are: ...
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Does a filename's location (relative to the root) effect it's SEO?

I apologize if this answer is already somewhere else, I've searched for a while and come up empty. My company has hired a 3rd party SEO company to help with our rankings. Most of the suggestions ...
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How to add a certain parameter (ad_id) to URL?

On my WordPress site, there is a page http://www.example.com/doc/list/ that dynamically shows all DB entries (76,000). Google does not index the different entries. The URLs looks like this http://www....
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Why are the same two web pages appearing on the first page of Google's SERP?

While searching in google.co.in for the keyword term "USA Boxing News", I found the same two web pages are showing on the first page of results. One result shows the IP address of the website, and the ...
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Removing “Dirty URLs”

I have a site that apparently has "dirty URLs". For example a URL that I have goes something like this: www.website.com/article?articleID=2 or something along the lines of that. This, to me, seems to ...
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What should the maximum length of a filename be, and would that affect SEO?

I am working on an artist's portfolio website. Let's say I want each artwork's image filename to contain its basic information, like so: Category - Artwork Title - Size, Medium, Year.jpg In actual ...
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Is it correct to redirect useless “?” URLs to cleaner URLs

This is not about redirecting /index.php?id=6252 to /category-name. It's about redirecting: /category-name?ref=blabla&something=useless-stuff /category-name? /category-name???????? to: /...
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Abandoning high ranking website but using URL for SEO benefits

I have two websites. A pet products (e.g. petsite.com) website and a dog products (e.g. dogsite.com) website. Petsite runs on Prestashop and Dogsite runs on EKMPowershop. All the goods sold on ...
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Is it possible to set up a subdomain and link to it from the main site?

I have a store hosted on big cartel which I want to set up as a subdomain on my website. Something like: http://store.mysite.com Is it possible to do this somehow? If so, how do links to the ...
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My Domain Name Appears Twice in Most of My URLs

I've recently been adding some backlinks to other articles within my site. I don't know if it's this that is now causing me a problem. I now notice that Google has indexed my sites pages again but ...
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Does changing the picture folder path of older website affect SEO?

I have a 2 years old WordPress based picture website. Now I am planning to use CDN for my website. But the problem is I have to move my picture folder to a subdomain. For instance my current path is ...
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Handling duplicate content caused by 'new' smart-url structure

I used to have an URL structure like this: mydomain.com/search.php?key=value which I've since changed to: mydomain.com/key/value. I've changed all the internal links in my site, but Google ...
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In case of a server error, should I change the URL in the address bar?

Let's say the user surfs to http://mysite.com/some-path and encounters error 500 which leads to a custom error page. What is the best practice regarding the URL shown in the address bar while in the ...
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Google adds useless parameters to my URL

I have recently added my website to Google, and I don't understand why he adds useless parameters to my URLs. Normal URL: build/view/2/akali/mid Google URL: build/view/2/akali/mid?role=adc That'...
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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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Creating temp/fake URLs for user generated content

I'm working on a site that hosts classified listings. I'm currently using hash/query params and Ajax to display content. Example: www.site.com/viewpost?id=34089 We are now interested in making ...
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Do directory names and URL's paths make a difference for SEO?

Using a very simple example with cars, this seems to make more sense: site.com/cars/audi/convertibles/red/ But since a person is likely to search for red convertible or red audi convertible, would ...
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Same URL rendering different content

We have a CSS file hosted on cloudfront. Whenever the file is updated we add a version number to the file. We also have VPN in our office through which we connect to QA servers. Now a very peculiar ...
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Redirect URL ending with dot

I submitted my site's URL to my workplace's printed newsletter and when I get the printed version, they added a dot to the end of it. Some people will realize that the period is not a part of the URL ...
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Can I have tracking parameters immediately after a forward slash /?

I would like to start redirecting all /index.php pageviews to / to clean up GA data and otherwise simplify URL hits. Does anyone foresee this causing any problem when using tracking parameters? E.g. ...
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URL structure for content that is updated daily

A small, simple site I am working on displays a single page with the day's best offers on it. The user is able to move back and forth between previous days. Which of the following URL structures works ...
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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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URL encoding - what difference to SEO? + or _ or - [duplicate]

I have a URL e.g.: http://mysite.com/tracks/backing-track/101153/ABBA/Super+Trouper QUESTION does it make a difference to SEO when using + or - or _ in the URL between words? Is one more readable ...
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SEO perspective on non existent directory base in URL?

I'm wondering if there will be any SEO/readability/memorability benefit to using this kind of URL structure for my upcoming project: www.moviereviews.com/movie/name? Considering that /movie is not a ...
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Benefit of date in URL segments

I was curious about the date in URL segments, is there any SEO point of benefit? For example the following URLs: http://techcrunch.com/2013/06/18/netflix-will-launch-in-the-netherlands-later-this-...
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The effect in Google of the word “the” in a URL?

Keywords in your URL are extremely weighted, and I am aware of most bad practices, but the question as to whether the word "the" in a URL, as in www.thewebdesigner.com, is a bad idea or not is very ...
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Do I really need to remove special characters in a URL?

I have an FTP account shared with friends where we upload underground music albums and then we use the links to share the downloads in a music forum. The problem is that the album names are in french ...
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Why doesn't Google return the main page when searching for the exact domain?

I'm trying to figure out a problem for one of my clients. I have to mention that I've not developed the website and the company that has done the development can not be contacted anymore. The the ...
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Redirect incomplete URL to index page

I want to redirect specific URLs to the index page not to 404 error page (ex: http://www.website.com/trip-15). If I remove any character from the URL it will go to 404 error page (ex: http://www....
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What are the pro and cons of using friendly URLs compared to query parameters (and vice versa)? [duplicate]

I am noticing that more and more sites prefer using "friendly URLs" over adding information as query parameters. For example: domain.com/product/3343/ compared to domain.com?page=product&id=...
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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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Adding tracking to a link without rewriting the link

I use goo.gl as my url shortener when posting to social media and I really like the analytics it gives me: I'd like to get similar tracking information for who turns up to my homepage via social ...
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Why did the Googlebot add “sp=1” to my URL's?

Googlebot crawled my site for the first time today, and added something strange. It appended &sp=1 to my URL's. It seems like it's trying to gain authorized access? Normally I have http://domain....
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Handling pagination, sorting and results per page with SEO-friendly URLs

We have an e-shop which has pagination, sorting, and a 'results per page' limit option. What is the most SEO-friendly approach to structure my URL's? My first thought was: http://www.example.com/...
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How to handle duplicate product pages for SEO?

I am using the following URL format to display products: mysite.com/category1/product. Now I am finding certain products fall into more than 1 category and I would like the product to be listed in ...
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One Page Website, with jump links, but hide, display:none all other content except jump link clicked [duplicate]

I'm wondering how this website design/structure will work for SEO. I have example.com that I'm building. The only actual URL for the website is example.com. However, it will appear to the user that ...
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Adding URL parameters to Google Webmaster Tools: URL encoded or not?

When adding parameters to Webmaster Tools for URLs that I don't want indexed, should I add the parameters with actual brackets, example: technology[above_average] or should add in the URL encoding ...