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 worry about redirecting index.php to root or not?

I've read in a forum two users saying that Google identifies index.php and the site's root as a single page, that redirecting index.php to root is not something we should worry about, but as they had ...
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How to keep SEO URLs after migrating my website to WordPress?

Because each platform has a unique structure and different rules for URLs, SEO URLs may be changed when migrating data from one content management platform to another. Do I have have to use an ...
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Best way to use date in URL for better SEO

There is a website scenario in which a user gives date as input and the result will be something related with that date. Lets take the scenario is my website gives earth quakes happened in Europe on ...
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Google stores user input from site URL

I use both with URL param and without. For example: http://www.wwwsitus.com/code/googlemap.php http://www.wwwsitus.com/code/?q=reg&foo=verif I then type others (fake param/url) in that url, as ...
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What sort of URL structure should be used to display AMP HTML vs vanilla HTML

There's an existing WordPress plugin that creates AMP formats automatically by adding /amp onto the end of any posts URL. I'm worried about duplicating my content at multiple URLs and wondering if ...
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Redirect URL to the same page with parameter

I have this url in my blog: http://www.myweb.com/ and would like to change into: http://www.myweb.com/?lang=en all the URl, of course, in the same page = index.php I need to use param lang=en to ...
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SEO and subfolder URL design [duplicate]

I am new to the SEO and hopefully this question has not been asked because I used the wrong keywords to search answers here. Let me explain my question by an example. Say I have a new website with ...
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60% organic traffic drop after permalink structure change?

On a very large website I have changed the permalink structure, for technical reasons. Every URL is 301 redirected to it's appropriate one. A few days after the change I have noticed a drop in ...
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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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Decimal Coordinates in the path of the URL

Is using decimal coordinates in a url of a page that describes the location around these coordinates a seo unfriendly decision? For example: ...
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What programming language are the % characters in URLs?

Just curious what language these characters in a URL are from? For example:force_name=1&name=Tom%20 which is a space.
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Google indexing the home page multiple times with spammy and trademarked parameters

I am helping a client figure out some weird URL issue and I am stumped! Google Webmaster tools shows a couple of hundred "pages" that essentially don't exist and look pretty spammy, also using wording ...
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Do query string case differences affect whether a URL is Canonical?

If I have two URL's where the only difference is the case of the query string: http://example.com?param=TEST http://example.com?param=test Are they both considered equal by search engines? I know ...
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Allow third party to use domain subdirectory without risk to your server

If you have a live site on example.com, is it possible to allow third-parties to set up their own site at example.com/project1, example.com/project2 etc without subjecting your server to risk? I ...
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Why would a url of example.com/n (where n is the same number repeated 500x) return a 403 error?

I'm trying to add new functionality to my site which involves passing a whole bunch of parameters (could be hundreds of parameters) all encoded in base64 format. When I attempt the new URL I get an ...
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Empty URI segment vs. non-empty URI segment

I have URLs like this: http://example.com/33/los-angels//united-stated As you can see segment 1 is "33", segment 2 is "los-angles", segment 3 is "". Should I add - character for empty segment or ...
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Would redirecting short URLs to full long URLS harm SEO?

Posts on my website can be reached by URLs like this long version http://example.com/post/22/do-your-home-work-for-free or URLs like this short version http://example.com/post/22/ I want to use ...
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Should query string parameter values in a URI have single quotes around them?

I'm passing variables through the URI string, like this: example.com?a=first&b=second Everything works as intended, but when I pass the source code through the W3 validator, it's flagging them ...
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nginx rewrite for an url with parameters

I have two types of URL and want to rewrite it for friendly URL. 1. The first: https://example.com/folder/myfile.php?id=xx&param1=yy I want to rewrite to: ...
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Redirect root URL to changing subfolder – concerns?

I have a custom CMS powering a niche website. Most of the time there's no content or just one item relevant and therefore shown. Currently I have an index page at the root URL. I consider redirecting ...
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Repeating location in urls? [duplicate]

Is it beneficial to repeat the city/state in the urls for SEO purposes? Let's say that I own a site that sells air conditioning in Houston, and I'm really pushing for local SEO. Is this... ...
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PHP - URL variables that look like pages `/POSTID/`

I'm new to websites with databases and was wondering how to make a url look like https://domain.tld/H34d2b rather than https://domain.tld/?p=H34d2b I had an idea of forwarding the page to a 404 PHP ...
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Should I use semantic URLs when they might change from time to time?

My application relies heavily on the hierarchy of its entities and the hierarchy also gives needed context to the entities details page. Hence my current URL scheme represents the hierarchy: ...
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Does automatically redirecting typo urls to correct ones cause SEO problems?

I am working on a website that has permalinks in this form: example.com/my-content-is-here-123 example.com/another-content-page-234 The numbers at the end represent the page/post unique ID. I have ...
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Redirected urls show in serp, with the original permalink but with the title and meta of the target page

I have a problem which I have not encountered before. On a website I am working on, www.example.com, I have several affiliate links which are of the form www.example.com/out/blahblah The redirect is ...
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Can't verify URL in Google Webmaster Tools

I want to verify my URL with Google Webmaster tools but it wouldn't let me, I've tried various methods but none seem to work and the reason maybe, that the URL forwards to a different domain. I have a ...
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URLs with trailing questionmark (?)

I understand that URLs with or without trailing slash are considered two different resources and therefore we should use redirects to tell Google which one is the canonical one. But what about ...
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Which URL(s) do I choose for one product with different colours?

I read that it is best practices that if you have a product that comes in 3 colours to have one URL for the product, and then to have a dropdown with all the colours that it comes in? For example if ...
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Generate urls for same product with different designs

How do you handle a product url when a brand has the same product type in different shapes? Let me provide you with an example. I have Brand A that has sling bags. There is a sling bag, and there is ...
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Is the discussionUrl for a page with Disqus comments the page the comments are embedded on?

When it comes to the Schema.org property discussionUrl, Schema.org says that the discussionUrl should be: A link to the page containing the comments of the CreativeWork. My question is, is ...
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A better method to save state between desktop and mobile site

This is something I want to fix for a long time. To begin, on my website I have a cookie named MDD and its set to 1 if the mobile detection has already happened. This is my code: RewriteCond ...
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Do the internal searches need to be by GET for SEO purposes?

I have a site with products, which can be searched using a convoluted search form, with quite a few input fields. I send the data by POST, to the same page, so I can list all products in the URL: ...
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User profile URL design

I've noticed that some sites are moving away from root-directory user profiles. For example, YouTube channel URLs are now /channel/<id> and /c/<username> instead of simply ...
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Query strings showing in SERPs

One of our sites got hacked, we believe we have resolved this issue, but when doing a site:example.com in Google, we are still seeing query strings like: example.com/?black-book-subtitles. Could it ...
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Does rel=canonical and rel=alternate make sense on pictures?

I have a desktop and a mobile site and I use rel=canonical and rel=alternate as recommended by google to link the corresponding html based pages of each site together. I'm just wondering, because on ...
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Should URLs with UTF8 characters be encoded in HTML?

I'm thinking of names and stuff containing accented characters. E.g.is there a difference between: <a href="http://example.com/thing?name=forêt">link</a> and <a ...
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Using robots.txt to block sessionID URLs

I've got a problem with Googlebot literally crawling millions of URLs that are the same, because ";jsessionid" keeps getting inserted into the URL (something I cannot change due to the work ...
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Major structural change in URLs - have I covered all bases? [duplicate]

I run a site with over 30 million pages, all indexed by Google (according to the Search Console). We've just done a major redesign and structural change where ALL the URLs have changed completely ...
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Pointing two urls long and short for the same website

As facebook.com this is the long url and the short one for facebook is fb.com so if I have a website with a keyword like database for example englishdatabase.com and I want to make it shorter like ...
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Local TLD vs. .com and .com/nl vs .nl

I basically have 2 questions about local TLD vs .com. First question: There already exists a website "keyword.nl" with a crappy website, no SEO optimisation. Is it possible for a website ...
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Linking internal anchor text [closed]

This might be a very stupid question but It bugs me so I have to get it out here: Lets say on my websites blog page I have a link, I can either go: <a href="index.php">homepage</a> My ...
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Changing URL - how harmful is it [duplicate]

We have a very old site with lots and lots of content. We are considering changing our URL because the current URL was a vanity URL and does not represent the company in its current form. How
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Should I translate URL for better SEO?

I have a website about TV shows, that for default (EN) pages, it's like this: example.com/en/show/actors example.com/en/show/episodes The site is localized in different languages, and I was ...
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Temporarily use different URL

Client asked me to temporarily replace homepage for product list, until he decides what should be on the homepage (that's not my business :)) I would like to know, how big impact it will have on the ...
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Do shorter URLs really outperform longer URLs?

I'm researching whether or not to use a link-shortening service for the links created by a new social sharing function on a website. When someone clicks "share this page", should they be sharing the ...
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Parameters in the Server part or Client part of URL

I want to store the search history which a user has followed to find a product. It can arrive to the landing page of the product through numerous paths, so I want them stored somewhere. I have ...
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why does google request apple-app-site-association from every domain on the server?

I received the following in my log: [Mon Oct 05 11:04:35 2015] [error] [client 66.249.75.xxx] File does not exist: /path/to/user/public_html/apple-app-site-association xxx in the log is a number ...
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Yext has added code to our URL — what does this do, and why?

Our company has employed Yext to fix business listings across the web. We've discovered that a significant portion of the links on our business listings have bizarre code added to them that we did not ...
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How should a search for listing results change the URL?

I have a realty site powered by selecting various options from dropdowns to find the right property. How should the listing results URLs be for SEO? Should they all be under a single URL: ...
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Google webmasters adding crawl URL parameters

Google Webmasters has an option to add URL parameters: https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/crawl-url-parameters My site uses URLs of this format: http://example.com/tags/ocean/page1?perpage=20 ...