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 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 ...
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Is it bad for SEO to change a URL leaving an old broken URL?

I have a blog site. Assume that I have added a page example.com/appleand that blog page has been crawled by Google. The word "apple" is based on the blog title "Apple". Later, I changed the title ...
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Should an ID go at the beginning or end of the URL for SEO?

Says I have a link, which contains the ID = 19963307 Type 1 : http://stackoverflow.com/questions/19963307/how-to-install-asp-net-mvc-5-on-a-server Type 2 : ...
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google webmaster is crawling both file urls

webmaster is crawling both the urls, one which is SEO friendly and the one .php urls for the same page thus showing duplicate title and description for those pages. urls of .php were changed through ...
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Does having a hyphen in the TLD URL affect SEO? [duplicate]

I am trying to create a portfolio for myself and I am not sure whether I should include a hyphen in the URL or not. For instance, if we have two URLs: www.examplesite.com www.example-site.com The ...
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Showing content from pages at different URL's (masking), possibly with .htaccess

If I have URL's like:- domain.com/category/widgets/filter/blue domain.com/category/widgets/filter/red And it is pretty difficult to reconstruct them to something like:- ...
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Adding links: can I use //domain (double slash) for both https:// and http://

We are moving to https soon. I understand that it is smart to use //domain.com links and images src references. Does the browser then first try https? and if not found http? Is this supported by ...
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Where is the best place for page's ID in a user friendly URL?

I searched within the site but none where addressing exactly my question, So I ask it here: Which one of these structures for a user-friendly url is the best with regards to search engines and user ...
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robots.txt blocking specific files also block unnecessary URLs

I am using Magento for one of my site. In Magento there is a file mage (no extension file name is mage only) to block this file I write robots.txt as # Files User-agent: * Disallow: /mage But this ...
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Domain on NameCheap, Hosting on GoDaddy: Redirect Loop

I tried searching, but since I'm pretty new to networking I may not have used to right keywords, so I apologize if I missed the answer. My friend owns a domain friendsmusic.com and I have hosting at ...
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Should I avoid using brackets in my URL?

I'm using a (very good) developer in Ukraine and he insists on using brackets in the URL of my search query. (I can't remember why) ...
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Friendly URLs: is there a max length for search engines?

People from stackoverflow have been working closely with google team to help them make the panda algorithm more efficient, so I guess they've learned a lot from the google team. Thus they may have ...
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How do you remove invalid characters when creating a friendly url (ie how do you create a slug)?

Say I have this webpage: http://ww.xyz.com/Product.aspx?CategoryId=1 If the name of CategoryId=1 is "Dogs" I would like to convert the URL into something like this: http://ww.xyz.com/Products/Dogs ...
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How can I force Google to re-index my site?

I changed the structure of my URLs. The pages are already indexed by Google and have the following structure: /myfolder/page.apsx The new structure is: /page.aspx Now all URLs that Google knows ...
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Should URL paths be case sensitive?

My website's URLs are currently case-insensitive. For example, both of the following links show the exact same page: http://example.com/about http://example.com/About However, taking a look at the ...
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Migrating a website to a new server and content management system but keeping domain: What will happen to our Google rank?

We are currently in the process of launching a new website in my non-profit organisation; our old web site that has been around since the end of the 90's will be replaced by a Squarespace site. Now, ...
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How should cross site canonical meta links be placed? Should they be different per page and should they go on the canonical domain itself?

I have a website available via www.mydomain.com that is also available via svr7464z.vps.hostingcompanycom. The content is 100% identical, it's a mirror. I don't want search engines to know about ...
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Does a link to your site with a URL parameter pass link juice?

If I link to http://example.com/?id=344, will that still provide link juice to example.com? Or will it provide link juice only to http://example.com/?id=344, which might have a link to example.com ...