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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Should I use a canonical URL?

I'm currently in the process of building a charts website with music from Soundcloud. The charts will be 'cleared' every week. My base URL will be: http://example.com/ Which will contain the charts ...
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Using ending .html for URL re-write?

For re-writing URLs to generate SEO friendly pretty URLs, it was usually recommended to use the ending extension (normally .html), as without the extension, the URL seems to be incomplete. Probably, ...
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How to remove trailing slashes from URL with .htaccess?

The situation Across the entire domain, we'd like the URLs to hide file extensions and remove trailing slashes, independent of the domain name itself (as in, works on any domain). Sample of our ...
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Accented characters representation in the URL

We have support for various languages in our website, including Spanish, French and Swedish. For now, the links in the site are NOT encoded before sent to the browser, sending the real accented chars ...
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Impact of below URL structure for eCommerce Site (in terms of SEO)

Currently we are thinking of two possible URL structures for Products page and Product Detail Page and which one should we go with ? 1st Approach: /products/ - Displays Products ...
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How to have my customized extension?

I have recently found a .htaccess trick in which I can remove file extension from the URL, example.com/file.html looks like example.com/file Now my humor says that I can replace any extension to my ...
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Why are YouTube URLs so ugly?

I'm just wondering why YouTube URL is so ugly (i.e unreadable and not friendly to search engines). Why they don't care about SEO? My friend said that it's because they are the top website now. But how ...
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To change URL to user friendly URL

I'm refactoring my ASP.net application from ASP.net 3.5 to 4.0. Also I'm changing the URLs to user friendly URLs /product.aspx?id=100 to /product-name/100. All my pages are indexed by search engines ...
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SEO and URL Shorteners

When you have a link from lets say twitter that is t.co/foo that links back to your website how does that effect SEO and how do the major search engines handle Shortened URLs?
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How do you hide file extension in URL?

I would like to drop the .aspx extension from my webpages. One reason is that I'm not sure I will stick to ASP.NET WebForms technology. How do you do it?
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Free link checker for large website?

Can anyone recommend a free, thorough online link checker for a fairly large website?
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URL Frame redirection CakePHP

I need to redirect CakePHP installation host to my domain. Location of my Cakephp installation: myhosting.com/newsite/ Domain: www.mydomain.com I'm currently using URL Frame to direct ...
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What happens if the Canonical URL is the same as the actual page URL?

I might be asking a trivial question here, but how do the search engines treat loops created via rel="canonical" tag? My scenario is that being a site having dynamic content, I have URLs as follows: ...
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Hosting multiple sites - Mask URL?

I have a hosting account where I have my main site (www.mainsite.com points to root folder), and a subfolder xpto.com, where I want to have another site (www.xpto.com). I can access ...
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Which method is better to add “www.” before domain name

I have search through Google and found 2 methods to add www before domain name. First is by adding a CNAME and second is using rewrite mod in .htaccess file. I just want to know which method is ...
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seo and php get variables

I'm building my own blogging system for my own website. If all I preload them using php get variables, will Google recognize and index them as different pages or do I need to do something in addition ...
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CMS Made Simple: Why does home page return a 404 under www subdomain?

Anyone know why my homepage wont load with the www prefix. Links such as www.mysite.net/about-us will load fine but www.mysite.net returns a 404. Everypage works including the home page if I ...
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Search Engine Friendly URLs with Query String

I have content that can be accessed from various ways. For example my content is reviews and I have three type of reviews: /customer-reviews/11/slug.html /third-party-reviews/11/slug.html ...
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Can you rewrite the root?

Not sure how to word this one but will explain most I can. I am trying to make the following happen. Re-write this http://example.com To this http://example.com/home/ Is it possible ? update ...
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Choosing URLs for website offering products and services

Assuming that I offer very few services and/or products. Is, from SEO benefit point of view, it better to construct URL (http probably doesn't matter) such as: www.mysite.com/services/nameofservice ...
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What is the difference between a homepage link with or without a trailing slash?

What is the difference between these two URLs: http://example.com/ http://example.com Should we always add the final / or avoid it? Does it make a difference?
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how to hide domain hosting forward path

I have one hosting account with domain.com and we are hosting about 5 different websites. I have 5 folders in the hosting account each one with a unique "/name", and of course 5 www.12345.coms. I have ...
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Why treat these as URLs with different path capitalization and trailing slash as different?

These are all strictly different urls: http://www.example.com/page http://www.example.com/pAge http://www.example.com/page/ http://www.example.com/paGE/ I get that it conforms to the strict ISO ...
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How do I track a hosted URL on Namecheap.com with Google Analytics

I'm hosting a URL with NameCheap, and it is a URL frame for a blogspot.com account. I'm using Google Analytics to track the blogspot.com account, but I'd like to be able to track the NameCheap frame ...
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Is Googlebot case sensitive? Should I use a 301 redirect to choose a preferred URL case?

The Googlebot reports the following: Pages with duplicate meta descriptions /Default.aspx?p=2 /default.aspx?p=2 Should I use a 301 redirect from Default to default or vice versa? Is Googlebot ...
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How to track specific Referrals with Google Analytics

How do I have to alter a Referral link to my website to specifically track it with Google Analytics? I already discovered the URL Builder but isn't there are shorter way? For example: ...
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Procedure to register an URL

this is a newbie question. I want to set-up a web site (let call it www.mywebsite.com) on a server I own with a public IP address: What is the precise procedure to register the URL? What I mean ...
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Do accented words affect page rank?

I'm from Argentina and we use accents in words. Is this URL is worst for pagerank: /técnico-en-computación/ VS /tecnico-en-computacion/
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Moving Sharing buttons when blog posts change urls [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Retrieve Facebook Like count after changing URL structure for entire website I want to move a blog from http://blog.wordfruit.com to http://wordfruit.com/blog With ...
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Working with different URL structures

As I'm quite newbie to this field, I've doubts and there are some I couldn't find on Google, i.e: If I'm not wrong, index.html makes it possible to avoid to add the filename to the url, ...
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URL redirection to same domain on different server

We have existing domain on non-IIS server and now we have moved it to IIS server. Client want us to redirect the URL from existing server to new server with same domain name. We will modify the ...
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How do search engines handle URL's when it comes to SEO?

I am building a website using Symfony. At the moment, the "raw" URL's being used are like this: www.localhost.com/mainpage/home www.localhost.com/events/1/name-of-the-event When the development of ...
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What is the difference between a URI and a URL?

I have read these pages: http://www.w3.org/TR/uri-clarification/ http://www.damnhandy.com/2007/11/19/uri-vs-url-whats-the-difference/ I know basic about URL, URN, and URI; but little on their ...
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Is it correct to have domains with more than 3 levels?

I've been arguing for some time about this topic, now I'd like the opinion of professionals. My point is that a domain should be made of 2 or 3 levels at most, like: mysite.com blog.mysite.com ...
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How to redirect any URL to lowercase URL?

I have this .htaccess files: ErrorDocument 404 /index.html <IfModule mod_rewrite.c> Options +FollowSymLinks RewriteEngine On RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^domain\.com [NC] RewriteRule (.*) ...
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What is the difference between URLS with hashtags and hashtags with exclamation marks

What is difference SEO differencence between: /index.php#mystate /index.php#!mystate
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What is the meaning of repeating a site's address?

There is an address like this: ...
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Can Apache “Correct” URL Case?

Let's say I keep every word of file names capitalized. For example, Home.php or MultipleWordTitle.html. Is there any way for Apache to redirect requests for incorrectly-cased URLs to the capitalized ...
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SEO - which URL's are the best?

In my application I have users who can post offers. An offer belongs to a category and a subcategory. The title of the offer can be long (~80 characters) My options to have url's uniqueness, are: i) ...
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http://www.example.com/http://www.example.com/ in Apache log?

I run a website, let's say www.example.com. On it I have a path and file, say www.example.com/path/file.html. The Apache log lists GET requests like: GET /path/file.html HTTP/1.1 Which is correct, ...
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Slashes in URLs and SEO

My question is simple: Is there any disadvantage (in terms of SEO and search engine behavior) to using / instead of other delimiters in URLs like http://example.com/en/items/1234/page3? I vaguely ...
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what is a no-text[0-9] requests?

I have a bunch of requests coming through on my site which looks like the one below: example.com/page/no-text-1154169030774935240 Is this hacking attempts or search engines? EDIT: my question is ...
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How should incorrectly encoded URLs be handled?

Just recently noticed that some sites link with the URL incorrectly percent-encoded, to which my server (LAMP) responds with a 404 Not Found. For example, for a URL of mine like this: ...
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SEO - which URL's are the best?

I'm using .htaccess with RewriteRule to create SEO-friendly URL's. However, I have a few questions about this: First of all, I noticed many websites end their URL's with .html (or another ...
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SEO - reducing URL length

Take a recent question: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/6479771/properties-of-inner-exception-are-disposed Instead of having an integer, if we base 36 encode the question ID we get 3uvtn, cutting ...
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Same page in different “locations” on same site - duplicate content? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is duplicate content and how can I avoid being penalized for it on my site? The same page, or rather the same content on a page is accessible from two very similar ...
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Should URLs in the sitemap contain the slug?

I'm coding the sitemap logic of my side-project blogging platform and I would like to know if omitting the slug in the <loc> nodes of the sitemap. Could be a problem for the crawlers. Having ...
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why does stackoverflow question urls have the question id before seo friendly 'question'

Take for example this random question Tool or plugin required to show out in which html files a given css selectors is used, notice that the relevant part is /questions/16999. Now, it being possible ...
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Looking for a mailing list system with click tracking capability

we are looking for a mail system with the ability to know it a client has visited the link. Our idea is to prepare a mail for a certain group of customers, on that mail we will include a url to our ...
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product in multiple categories - duplicate content problem [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Content appearing under multiple categories; anything I can do to prevent duplicate penalty? What is the best practice to display a product that may be in several ...