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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URL masking with .htaccess

I need a hardcore programmer to help me with URL masking. So this is my situation. My website www.michaelfotograf.dk/blog/ is the main site that needs to be configured. I have another ...
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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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Good Practice for Formatting SEO-Friendly URLs?

Does anybody know what the best SEO practice and most effective format for URLs is currently? All lowercase or mixed case? Example: http://www.mysite.com/What-is-My-Site/ OR ...
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SEO - which URL's are the best?

I'm using .htaccess with RewriteRule to create SEO-friendly URL's. However, I have a few questions about this: First of all, I noticed many websites end their URL's with .html (or another ...
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What's the deal with URLs for Yandex.Metrica not prepended with “http”?

The description of Yandex.Metrica explicitly says that URLs like //mc.yandex.ru/metrika/watch.js (no http: in front) that the web site owner has to insert into his pages are not erroneous. So for ...
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Google ranking - difference between example.com and example.com/?ref=id

Does it impact a site's Google ranking if I link to the site with a "referrer" query-string? e.g: example.com/?ref=mysite instead of example.com ?
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Schema links and HTTPS

In the process of moving to 100% HTTPS on a site, I performed a site-wide search for http:// in an effort to find potential problems. One common class of instances included schema links (certainly ...
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Apache 2.4 Loads Image Files Even Without Extension. Why?

I have an HTML page with the following: <img src=J3 width="100" height="150" alt="Student Name" style="float:left;"/> In the same directory there is an image file, J3.jpg. The page ...
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Do i need to have a separate page for each article on my website?

I am using a database to store data such as articles, titles, meta and so on. Do I need to Have a separate page for each article so that my articles show up in the list when searched on Google? Is is ...
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Removing page levels/ keeping url clean

I have recently put my site live - http://www.soundplaza.co.uk I then bumped into a few articles mentioning about page length and depth and I was wondering if I should change the URL structure while ...
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Accented characters representation in the URL

We have support for various languages in our website, including Spanish, French and Swedish. For now, the links in the site are NOT encoded before sent to the browser, sending the real accented chars ...
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Mobile URL strategy

I am going to be using jQuery Mobile to create a mobile version of my site. My question is about the best practice on the location of the mobile site, specifically, the URL. I am looking into two ...
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For SEO, should the path portion of the URL be localized?

I have a site that have localized content. I would like to know if it's really important to also translate the URL paths to access the content. For example: Today, I'm handling the URLS like these: ...
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Informing Google of URL Structure Change

I have a website and the URLS were constructed like so: /index.php/Topic /index.php/AnotherTopic These were indexed in google and search results returned that pointed to these. However, I've ...
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Why is “www.mysite.com” different from “mysite.com”?

In any browser if I use www.mysite.com or just mysite.com the web page is correctly retrieved, but I am having trouble with Google Analytics and Facebook App. Facebook: To be able to get Likes, I ...
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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: ...
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Does URL encoding create duplicate content?

An SEO expert was testing my site, and noticed that my URLs contained the special character :. He said that would create duplicate content, because google would interpret any url containing : as two ...
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Why would a website's URL scheme be changed from short and user-friendly URLs to long URLs?

I wonder why some website changes their short and user-friendly URLs to long URLs - examples: cricinfo.com ----> espncricinfo.com indiafm.com ---> bollywoodhungama.com Why would a webmaster ...
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What URL should I use for my blog archives?

I'm starting a new blog and I have the ability to publish my archives (old post urls that will receive most of my search traffic) anywhere I choose without any repercussions. I've been taking some ...
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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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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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Is it bad SEO practice to have two almost-identical URLs?

On my blog, after coding a function which trims stop words, I ended up with these two URLs which are identical if not for the post ID: http://www.example.com/europe/france/597/june-weather-update ...
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Do directory names and URL's paths make a difference for SEO?

Using a very simple example with cars, this seems to make more sense: site.com/cars/audi/convertibles/red/ But since a person is likely to search for red convertible or red audi convertible, would ...
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Choosing the best URLs for a Picture Blog site on Wordpress

I would like to select the best SEO friendly URL format for my WordPress based picture site. But I am not sure about the impact of SEO in the following formats. In other words I want a better format ...
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Confirm if trailing slash is acceptable for a file, rather than a directory

I have been reading on here and Google results for a few hours now including this question and the links therein and many others. Including a URI building styleguide from the w3c and others. I have ...
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Understanding Ajax crawling of search site

I have a couple of questions about Ajax crawling of a website, which is kind of search engine itself. The base article explains the mechanism of making AJAX applications crawlable. All this stuff ...
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What should the maximum length of a filename be, and would that affect SEO?

I am working on an artist's portfolio website. Let's say I want each artwork's image filename to contain its basic information, like so: Category - Artwork Title - Size, Medium, Year.jpg In actual ...
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Is placing one or two keywords in the URLs still good for SEO?

My urls do not seem to have my main keywords in them. Is this bad for SEO? Should I include them? Of course I do not mean actually writing one keyword after each other, but have an organically / ...
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Shopping Cart URL Structure

In regards to URL structure when it comes to guests and authenticated users, am I able to track traffic associated with both paths, but at the same time track total conversions going through the ...
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Should I transliterate my URL paths?

I looked around and can't find any info on this, I must be searching the wrong terms or something because it must be a common question. If you have non-ASCII characters in your URLs, Firefox and ...
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Hosting multiple sites - Mask URL?

I have a hosting account where I have my main site (www.mainsite.com points to root folder), and a subfolder xpto.com, where I want to have another site (www.xpto.com). I can access ...
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Google analyzing URL

We all know Google analyzes URLs in order to get relevance. That's why JavaScriptoptimizer.com hits the first place for the "javascript optimizer" query. These are my questions: Does Google ...
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Is a trailing slash appropriate before URL parameters?

I understand that http://www.example.com/product and http://www.example.com/product/ can actually be seen as 2 different URLs and is probably best avoided for SEO purposes, but how does this ...
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Preserve Facebook comments when the site changes domain name

I'm going to be changing the domain name of one of my sites. I'll use 301 redirects. One thing that I can't figure out is how to preserve all the comments that users have made on the page through ...
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Redirect a URL to another URL with IIS 7.5

I have no idea why this isn't working. I've tried creating map rules and then rewriting and redirecting the URL. I've tried just redirecting it with a simple rewrite rule and no matter what, the only ...
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Title of the page in search results and title of google's cached version are different. Why?

Check this: http://www.google.com/search?q=site:gunlawsbystate.com+kansas+gun+laws The title of the first result is "Kansas Gun Laws - Gun Laws By State". Although, on the page google has cached the ...
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Why is www. working but no-www is not?

Right now my site runs on http://www.example.com but I need to run that without www also i.e example.com Can some body tell me here that how can i do that?
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How to handle URLs with diacritic characters

I am wondering how to handle URLs which correspond to strings containing diacritic (á, ǚ, ´...). I believe what we're seeing mostly are URLs where diacritic characters where converted to their closest ...
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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: ...
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Which URL is SEO friendly?

I have to choose between two usernames, one comprises of just my first name i.e. http://example.com/john while the other comprises of full name i.e. http://example.com/johnsmith. Which of the above ...
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Is some version of IE9 lowercasing URLs?

I have some pages that require a case sensitive input in the URL. Like /page/MT with 'MT' being the param. I've noticed lots of error reports lately where 'MT' is converted to 'mt', which is ...
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Is it correct to have domains with more than 3 levels?

I've been arguing for some time about this topic, now I'd like the opinion of professionals. My point is that a domain should be made of 2 or 3 levels at most, like: mysite.com blog.mysite.com ...
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Why do some websites use www1. rather than www?

Why do some websites use www1. rather than www.?
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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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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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eShop product urls SEO, with or without category folder

What product url is better from SEO perspective for an eShop www.site.com/main-category/sub-category/sub-category2/product-name.html www.site.com/products/product-name.html ...
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SEO: best way to deal with short lifetime URLs?

I am currently in the process of redesigning a job advert site and am trying to put a lot more effort into my SEO. My question is how should I deal with the URLs that point to job adverts when the ...
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Free link checker for large website?

Can anyone recommend a free, thorough online link checker for a fairly large website?
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Why are the same two web pages appearing on the first page of Google's SERP?

While searching in google.co.in for the keyword term "USA Boxing News", I found the same two web pages are showing on the first page of results. One result shows the IP address of the website, and the ...
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Is it correct to redirect useless “?” URLs to cleaner URLs

This is not about redirecting /index.php?id=6252 to /category-name. It's about redirecting: /category-name?ref=blabla&something=useless-stuff /category-name? /category-name???????? to: ...