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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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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SEO for a website with a commercial and a residential versions that use the same images and mostly the same text

A website I'm currently working on requires there to be both a residential and commercial version of the website. The two versions will be quite similar across the board, but the copy will have some ...
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which URL should I chose for mobile?

I was looking everywhere (as well as on Google's blog) and could not find a straight answer to this question: which URL is the best for mobile from an SEO perspective? Is there a difference between: ...
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My website URL is weird in Google Search results [closed]

I am new to SEO, I have generated sitemap for my website and kept robots file. When we searched my website in Google, it is showing different URLs with my domain name. For example, my site URL is ...
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How should incorrectly encoded URLs be handled?

Just recently noticed that some sites link with the URL incorrectly percent-encoded, to which my server (LAMP) responds with a 404 Not Found. For example, for a URL of mine like this: ...
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How can redirect pages from old core PHP site to new Joomla site?

We have our old site into core PHP and we have developed it again into Joomla 1.5 last year (because of some limitations we have to build it into 1.5). Now the problem is the URL of sites changed as ...
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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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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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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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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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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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URLs with “space”, “%20”, “+” are canonicals?

If I have a URL encoded and another does not, e.g. <a href="http://example.com/images/foo abc.jpg">Image</a> <a href="http://example.com/images/foo+abc.jpg">Image</a> <a ...
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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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How to redirect any URL to lowercase URL?

I have this .htaccess files: ErrorDocument 404 /index.html <IfModule mod_rewrite.c> Options +FollowSymLinks RewriteEngine On RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^domain\.com [NC] RewriteRule (.*) ...
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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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How to handle URLs that differ in case-sensitivity and show same content

For to the following URLs: http://mydomain.com/page http://mydomain.com/Page I'm showing the same content. Can this hurt SEO? I understand that theoretically it can, but does Google really ...
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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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Train search engines to learn domain names that are not spelt correctly

I'm in the process of building a web app called Vybecast. I brought vybecast.com (and various other vybecast.tld's) a while back. Since then I've managed to secure and purchase vibecast.com (and also ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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How do I keep the hash (#) in a URL while using utm query strings in Google Analytics?

I've got a website that uses hash # to identify URLs. So URLs might look like: www.mywebsite.com/somepage.aspx#productname Obviously, "product name" is important here, and I need it to show up in ...
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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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Are urls with ?page=something bad for SEO? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is a URL with a query string better or worse for SEO then one without one? I have a listing of members on my homepage. My dynamic urls are quite simple: ...
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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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How to set preferred URL in Bing Webmaster Tools

My site is www.example.com and Bing Webmaster Tools keeping telling me to submit a sitemap for example.com, so it is possible to stop Bing stop bothering me the example.com?
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Is it safe to block redirected (but still linked) URLs with robots.txt?

I have a website that has all URLs optimized and 301 redirected from nasty URLs to clean ones. However, everywhere throughout the site the unclean URLs are linked in menus, content, products, etc. ...
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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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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 ...