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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How should I structure my URLs for both SEO and localization?

When I set up a site in multiple languages, how should I set up my URLs for search engines and usability? Let's say my site is www.example.com, and I'm translating into French and Spanish. What is ...
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How to prevent duplicate pages with different URL slugs on my Cold Fusion site?

My programer has made my website in Cold Fusion and the URLs are like http://www.example.com/article.cfm/articleid/12345/seo-keyword-title but the problem is the page opens even if the (seo-...
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Implementing Canonical URLs

I have a confusion in implementing canonical URLs; Client has shared a set of URLs like; http://example.com/eg/ http://example.com/eg/index?32312323 http://example.com/eg/index?54545545 http://...
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Best SEO practice for static pages: having “index.html” or not?

I'm trying to SEO optimize my blog, and I'm not sure which method is the best SEO practice. I seem to google conflicting results. Some say 1. is best because of days old, other says nowadays index....
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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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Tumblr Custom URL Not Working

I have bought a domain that I want to use as a unique Tumblr website but I can't get the url to pick up on Tumblr settings. The domain is a .com registered with 123-reg. I've set the CNAME to the ...
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SEO, acronyms, and the URL

Could writing URLs as acronyms negatively impact SEO? Does it matter what the acronym is? I'm creating a site for a research organization with many different branches and project in those branches ...
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On Hostgator, how can I remove “~username” from my website's URL?

Right now to access my website I need to go to http://www.example.com/~username/index.html How do I remove this so I can simply type: http://www.example.com/index.html Right now I am FTPing ...
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Can a URL slug use periods after abbreviations for SEO?

I am a programmer and working on my site having slug set for SEO friendliness. I wonder whether this URL is OK for Search Engines? http://example.com/entry/1/clinton-sanders-use-n.h.-primary-to-frame-...
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Menu / URL structure for SEO

I am planning to structure my menu and following 4 types came into my mind. Menu 1 Extensions (/extensions) |-- Magento Extensions (/extensions/magento) |-- Prestashop Extensions (/...
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Rewrite rule for pretty URL: redirecting 'index.php?parameter' to 'slug/index.html'

My original URL is: http://example.com/video_in.php?video_id=1 and I want my link to be: http://example.com/shaandaar/kinna_sona.html shaandaar and kinna_sona are the slugs in my database....
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Current situation around iFrame web and SEO? [duplicate]

I was searching the web around for relevant information about this, but all I could find are incomplete or outdated information. So consider this: You have your typical business website, but every ...
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“1-8-width” or “1-8-inch-width” in URL path?

For a product URL which is better form? 1-8-width-ao-sanding-belts or 1-8-inch-width-ao-sanding-belts Would this be served as 1/8" or 18 inch?
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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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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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URI design for many-to-many relationship: advice needed

I'm stuck designing URIs for a many-to-many relationship between users and other resources. Specifically I'm having difficulty predicting the consequences of different approaches. Given a resources ...
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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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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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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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How to handle old URLs (from previous setup) after migrating to Drupal?

What would the best way to setup (configure) URLs used in previous versions of a site after a site is converted to a new Drupal site?
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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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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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I18n website and URL prefix iso639

I'm adding i18n to my website. For translated pages I add iso639 code of the language like this: http://example.com/en/mypage.php But I'm curious about language code. Should I use iso639-1 (en) or ...
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Google Analytics direct visitor statistics distorted due to domain forwarding

I am forwarding traffic from one domain to another which is hosting a site with Google Analytics. The forwarding is done via the registrar's URL forwarding tools, which allows us to avoid creating an ...
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Will flattening the information architecture affect SEO for end pages?

I am in the middle of a project for a client (University) and was wondering if anyone can shed some light on an search engine optimization (SEO) and information (IA) issue. At the moment they have ...
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Why are URLs with my domain name at the end showing up in analytics?

I have a multi-language WordPress site that has been live since the last 3 months and today when I checked Analytics, I saw a lot of weird URLs: /menswear-fashion-autumn-winter-2013-2014/www.domain....
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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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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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URL RewriteRule doesn't work when using WP Database Participants in my WordPress website

I'm using WP Participants Database plugin in a site developed using WordPress and I'm trying to transform: http://example.com/subfol1/subfol2/?listpage=3&search_field=none&value=&operator=...
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Google thinks my domain doesn't exist or is misspelled when users search for it

I created a website for ecommerce, but am having problems with the Google search. My site link is "banilla.com.br" or "www.banilla.com.br", but Google thinks they are both misspellings (on either ...
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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: https://example.com/folder/myfile/xx/...
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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... example....
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mod_rewrite change . (dot) to - (hyphen)

I'm moving my site and the URL structure has changed because of the new CMS. The old URLs are similar to /my.products.htm, but on the new site we are changing the URLs to /my-products. Is there a way ...
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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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URL hijacked for spam [closed]

I'm the Webmaster and administrator for a site, built on Drupal 7. I've updated Drupal to the latest version. My issue is that it seems as if someone or somebot is using our url. Has my legitimate ...
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How duplicate must two pages be in order for one to require rel=canonical?

I've been reading up on: <link rel="canonical" href="(original url)"> And one thing that I'm trying to figure out is the lowest percent of duplication must any two pages need to be in order ...
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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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How to block access to a sub-site with mod_rewrite?

Let's say I have the sites siteA.com and siteB.com. They are hosted such that siteB.com actually points to siteA.com/siteB. How can I block someone from visiting siteA.com/siteB using mod_rewrite? ...
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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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In a URI, what does the suffix “.do” stand for?

I see URI ending in ".do" on some enterprise websites. I've always been curious to know what that stands for, but my Google searches have so far not turned up an answer. Here is an example from ATT ...
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SEO URL, Category vs Location Priority

We are building a website for listing out brand information. As a reference it is comparable to yelp.com. Basically a brand will belong to a category and an area. From SEO point of view what will be ...
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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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Wamp Server on local machine responds to ping but port 80 comes up as closed

I recently registered the domain politicsapp.us with GoDaddy and I am trying to set up a server on my local machine with WampServer. I set it all up, but when i type that into a browser, it gives me ...