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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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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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: animalobservation.com/ants/srid4326point-...
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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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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: 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 ...
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How do keyword spellings in domains and titles affect search engine optimization?

Just had a quick question about the spellings of words in domain names and how search engines like Google interpret them: So for example, if I had a site based on up to the minute deals on various ...
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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 /<username>...
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Should my URLs be lowercase?

According to this blog ("Understanding SEO Friendly URL Syntax Practices") I should change http://example.com/Hello-Dolly To http://example.com/hello-dolly The reasons given are: ...
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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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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 href="http://...
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CMS Made Simple: Why does home page return a 404 under www subdomain?

Anyone know why my homepage won't load with the www prefix. Links such as www.example.com/about-us will load fine but www.example.com returns a 404. Every page works including the home page ...
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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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How do I redirect an English language URL to an Arabic language URL?

I have a link that's currently formatted like this: http://example.com/news/view/1.html I want to it redirect it to: http://example.com/خبر/عنوان-الخبر where خبر is equal to news and عنوان-...
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Using subdomains or directories for main categories?

I have a website which references places to travel to in the world. Those places are (of course) grouped by countries. Here is an example of an actual URL of my website: http://awespot.org/country/...
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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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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 "keyword.com"...
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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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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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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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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 ...