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 change EXISTING (NOT NEW) Urls with underscores to hyphens for SEO? [duplicate]

Please note that this is for existing URLs, not new. I know that Google says it is recommended to have Url's to display a hyphen(-) instead of a underscore(_) in the url as a keyword seperator ...
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Robots: block /lang/page from the index but keep /page

My URL structure looks a bit like this: /group1/ /group2/ /group3/ Group3 (and it's subpages) are also available in another language at the following URLs. A lang prefix was added to this URL: ...
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Effects of different URL slug implementations on search engine rankings?

There are different ways of using URL slugs to specify the location of website content. For example, slugs can be implemented as: Query strings: example.com/some_function?slug=the_url_slug Arguments ...
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How to create and upload a sitemap when pages can be created by multiple users?

I am using Google Webmaster Tools for my web site. There are multiple users in my website and they dynamically create pages like the following and many more combinations. /site1/Home ...
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Impact of custom redirect urls with arguments on seo [duplicate]

I am looking for best practices in SEO and links redirects. I see some links with intermediate urls like http://mywebsite.test/redirect.aspx?source=Default.aspx&target=nextlink.aspx or ...
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What is the proper response header when an address is not available but its parent is available and is displayed?

My website addresses has a hierarchy structure. When one page is requested, and it is not a valid address, it tries to find its parent, and if the later exists, it will show it. Now, my question is ...
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In Google Analytics how do you track page stats over a time period when your pages changed URLs?

we recently revamped about 90 pages on our website. MAJOR changes to increase conversions and user retention. We also redirected the pages to better search engine friendly (SEF) URLs. In Google ...
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How to remove duplicate URL in Magento site?

I have Magento site and there are so many 301 redirected pages. For example, www.example.com/catalog/product/view/id/910/category/3 is redirected to ...
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How to redirect a user to the content of a different URL while still showing the original URL to the user?

I use a domain (www.example.com), which I would like to redirect to an different web space (www.example1.com/user567). What I use so far is an index file with a redirect header: <?php // ...
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Why are people trying to surf to example.com/{{link}}?

I’ve noticed in Google Analytics accessed URLs such as example.com/{{link}}. Is this like an hacking attempt or is there some simple explanation that made some reach such a weird link? Either way, I ...
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Crawler errors for unused URLs containing “mozekcdn-a.akamaihd.net”

In the AdSense dashboard, Google is reporting crawl errors for unexpected URLs. It shows that Google crawler was unable to access some of my 87 pages. When I checked those pages I found that I haven't ...
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I get General HTTP error: 404 not found when submiting sitemap?

I just bought 2 domain from domaindiscount24.com. I get an error: "General HTTP error: 404 not found" when submitting sitemap. Then, I use "fetch as googlebot" and my website URL, it showed "not ...
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What is an uncategorized URL

What is an uncategorized URL and is this something to worry about for a standard niche website?
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Tracking clicks from a PDF to external URLs?

I've published a small e-book in PDF format, which contains several embedded links to external URLs. I want to measure the clicks users make from that offline PDF to those external URL destinations. ...
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How to remove categories from Jekyll Kasper theme blog post URLs

I started using the beautiful Kasper theme for Jekyll. However my blog post URL contains the categories. I don't want it to have them there:. ...
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Usage of special characters in the URL path instead of query-strings to allow relative linking in a web proxy

I've received complaints that the links that my software is generating aren't following the W3C URL-specification. http://www.w3.org/Addressing/URL/url-spec.txt The links generated looks like this: ...
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Is tos.html some kind of standard Terms of service filename?

I periodically check my log of 404 errors on my site, and aside of most curious hack attempts I often encounter requests for files that are some kind of standard on a specific platform ...
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How should websites handle hostname with trailing dot?

I read this question How can URLs have a dot . at the end, e.g. www.bla.de.? and realise that FQDN should contain a trailing . for the root label of the DNS tree: example.com. instead of example.com ...
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Do image tags in sitemaps count towards the sitemap size limit?

I am working on adding the image:url tags inside the loc tag in our sitemaps. The documentation from Google says I can include up to 1000, image:url inside a loc tag. There is no mention if this 1000 ...
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When subdirectory ends with a slash ('/'), should there still be a period ('.') at the end?

When a URL has a subdomain subdirectory (like https://www.example.com/subdomain), does it still need a dot at the end (https://www.example.com/subdomain.)? Is a dot needed the end of the domain name ...
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How important is a unique number in URLs for inclusion in Google News?

Various SEO consultancies have recommended that to get a site included in Google News, the URLs have to conform to a rather strict, and non-obvious format namely that they have to: Display a ...
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Can multiple subdomains affect SEO results?

The question is there is one site named: www.example.com. But the issue with site is it can open after entering whatever instead of www. e.g.: xxx.example.com john.example.com micky.example.com ...
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Canonical URL for a home page and trailing slashes

My home page could be potentially linked as: http://example.com http://example.com/ http://example.com/?ref=1 http://example.com/index.html http://example.com/index.html?ref=2 (the same page is ...
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Why do some domains have a '/' at the end of the home page URL? [duplicate]

I am wondering why some websites have a / at the end of their URL, but others don't. For example: www.google.com/ but then www.khanacademy.org (No /)
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How can URLs have a dot . at the end, e.g. www.bla.de.?

I never believed URLs could have a period at the end, as in www.google.de. (which obvious is not working). However, www.youtu.be. is working perfectly well. How did they manage that?
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How to check if someone is using my website resources?

How can I check whether someone is using the resources hosted on my website? I have a website (coded in PHP) and I have uploaded a few images there. I want to know who is using those images on other ...
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URL hijacked for spam [closed]

I'm the webmaster site/admin for a legitimate site http://cic.nyu.edu, 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 the url ...
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How do I find when an URL was first indexed by Google?

How do I find out when a particular URL was first indexed by Google? I'd prefer a solution that works even for competitors' URLs that are not owned by me.
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Avoiding duplicate content when users choose the number of items per page

I have a website hosting thousands of photos that we taken in real life. My problem comes down to advanced pagination. Currently, I have the site divided into photo albums then galleries in each ...
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Port numbers appearing in the URLs on my development site under Apache and Python

I've built a static site. Locally, when I serve the content with python -m SimpleHTTPServer everything behaves normally, but when I copy the HTML onto the server and browse the site at the server's ...
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Finding the Google+ post that links to my site

This question is pretty similar to this: Finding the Facebook post or page that links to my site. Obviously this time I'm talking about Google+. My website has some traffic coming from a Goolge+ URL, ...
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Remove folder name from rewritten URLs

Consider this URL: http://example.com/gallery/20141111-some-title In this URL I want to hide gallery/: http://example.com/20141111-some-title How can I achieve this using mod_rewrite? I used ...
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How to remove a fragment / hash URL from Google search results?

My old site used to write the URLs without !. Eg: www.example.com/#/products But it has been more than 6 months since I changed it to include ! in the URL like so: www.example.com/#!/products But ...
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Does using IDs in the URL make Google view the URLs as duplicate?

In my site, I use query string for navigate between products. Example: /ProductView.aspx?ProductID=1 /ProductView.aspx?ProductID=2 /ProductView.aspx?ProductID=3 Am I faced with link duplicates ...
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For multiple pages about each city, how should I structure my URLs?

Let's say I have a profile page ex. www.domain.tld/London.html and inside the page links to gallery, history, directions, etc. I use mod_rewrite so the extension .html just tell me that it's a profile ...
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Removing “product.php” in URL using .htaccess

The current URL: http://www.example.com/product.php/sample-product.html. I want change it to: http://www.example.com/sample-product.html
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How use a canonical link tag in a dynamic page?

<link rel="canonical" href="http://www.example.com/category/subcategory/example-product/product-id" /> I have a whole bunch of query string URLs (company products) that I have rewritten to ...
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What is the Ideal Keyword Placement in a URL for Inner Location Pages? [duplicate]

I'm working on a website with 100s of locations. There is a location search page (Find Widget Dealer), a page for each state (Tennessee Widget Dealers) and finally a page for each individual location ...
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Should I split the site by language for better SEO when the English site has low quality content?

We have two versions of our website English and Arabic. Arabic is in a sub-directory (not a sub-domain). When we started looking at SEO, we found that most of our articles are plagiarized from ...
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Why use a Top Level Domain

I am trying to understand the use of Top Level Domains. Do they help from a SEO perspective? Lets say I have a US site and a Canada site. For US, I create www.foo.com and for Canada I create ...
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What is appending the “bmi_MfsTid” parameter to the URLs on our website

In our server logs, we see that some HTTP requests contain the parameter bmi_MfsTid=<number>. We are not using this parameter. Is there a known client or proxy that appends this?
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Can .htaccess 301 redirects work with encoded characters?

I have an old site with titles in the URL for SEO, but it has URL encoded characters than transliterated Latin characters. Like %20 instead of space character and many other non-Latin characters. The ...
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How to get Google remove old/unused URL [duplicate]

I know this kind question has been asked before, but believe me, my situation is not the same. A fews months ago, I designed my first website using Asp.NET and AJAX. At the time, I don't really know ...
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Configure JBoss to handle the home page URL instead of requiring users to type a long URL

Question: Is there a way in JBOSS to have different URLs provided by the users resolve to other URLs; i.e. http://OurAppUat/ => http://OurAppUat/web/app?environment=UAT http://OurAppSIT/ => ...
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Is it better for SEO if the URL has the same path as the breadcrumb?

My product URL is example.com/categorykeyword2/product. The actual path (breadcrumb) is example.com/categorykeyword1/categorykeyword2/product. Would it be better in terms of SEO if the URL was the ...
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SEO implications of having multiple languages available at same URL

I am in the process of translating a set of websites to multiple languages. Would there be any negative implications if I were to serve each different language from identical URLs? I fully intend to ...
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Can I legally get hold of a domain name for which I hold a trademark?

I currently have a classified ads domain in the .co.uk extension (say piggybank.co.uk). I am about to register the website and its name as a trademark. There's also a website with the same name in ...
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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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Can URLs be changed to add slugs after the site has been live?

We have had a website for last 5 months but we did not use URL slugs on bottom level elements. Our URLs are like: /apps/webmasters/badges/1100 would it make sense to add a name to the URL at this ...
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Is a category based directory recommended in URLs?

From an SEO point of view, which of the two options are recommended? www.example.com/cell-phones-reviews/samsung-galaxy/ or www.example.com/samsung-galaxy-review/ I guess the keyword string in this ...