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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What is better for SEO “-” or “()” to describe sub-contents?

Which of the following sentence is better for SEO - or () to describe sub-contents? Ru Ba Ru Feat Diljit - Dj Hans - 48Kbps.mp3 URL: ...
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Absolute vs Relative url

Am developing a website, I have used many anchor link in menu navigation and given absolute url. Somewhere I read we can also use relatives url in menu navigation. From SEO point of view, let me know ...
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Omitting and replacing ampersands in urls

I'm using the Ruby on Rails plugin, FriendlyId to create SEO friendly urls based on the name's of the albums and generes within app. If the plugin finds an ampersand in the title it replaces it with a ...
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Changing pagination URL structure [duplicate]

My site currently does pagination in the following format example.com/photos/user/page1 I am considering changing the format to this: example.com/photos/user?page=1 My questions regarding this: ...
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URL structures for SEO [duplicate]

I was just wondering what is the best way to structure my URL and if my URLs are holding me back from an SEO point of view. Currently we have our categories URL displaying key words form that ...
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Proper way to handle URLs in the form of http://example.com/

On an apache server with a standard setup, when I request a URL in the form of: http://127.0.0.1/.. I receive this error in my log: [Sun Aug 30 22:52:44 2015] [error] [client 127.0.0.1] Invalid ...
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Serving the same content in different languages over the same URL

There are a couple of questions about this topic here, but I couldn't find an answer that is specific to my question. So, I'm building a website which currently only supports one language, but I want ...
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Should I give up on using URL slugs if they are too long?

My website is a website for sharing studying materials between students for the Israeli "Bagrut" exam. I hate URLs that are built from numbers that don't mean anything so I've been using URL slugs. ...
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Can punctuation inside a query string be valid?

I'm still working on an apache module to fight google's ability to find duplicate content on my website and slashes are apparently throwing apache off. My question is this. Is punctuation perfectly ...
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Is it good to have / after website URL for SEO? [duplicate]

Which one of the following links is the correct and SEO friendly URL? http://apkapp.in/software/view/35531716?download=WhatsApp-2.12.258.apk/ (with / at the end) or ...
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awkward URL structures used to search for duplicate content

I think I sort-of figured google out with its duplicate content checks but I want to make sure I nailed all of the URLs. Already, I forced all URLs on my site to be lower-case. But now, I believe ...
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Do we have any redirect solution for all of subURL?

Suppose I redirect exmpale0.com to example1.com , example1.com is newer. Already , I promoted my exmpale0.com into social networks , Suppose I had: http://example0.com/blahblah Now I have ...
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Can an HTTP status 400 be a substitute for a 410?

As I shift many URL's on my site from non-friendly to friendly, I came across an old URL that was used for testing that google later ended up scanning but now I no longer use the URL. Its in the ...
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Does /? always equal /defaultscript?

I'm trying to reduce the number of redirects and number of duplicate content pages and somehow I think that the first occurrence of /? in a URL actually means /firstfoundscript? where ...
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Google Webmaster Tools - Duplicate content (slash and none slash version of a page)

Google Webmaster Tools shows a lot of duplicate content in the following pages: www.example.com/example www.example.com/example/ I do NOT offer two versions of any page on my website, when you ...
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Help to remove spam links leading to 404 page

One day my site was hacked. Someone inserted spam pages to my site. I resolved the issue, cleaned database, protected login area etc. But these links are still present in all search engines including ...
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127.0.0.1 as referrer url

I have written some code to my website that shows some information about online users to admin user. one of these information was the host of referrer url of the user. I saw some 127.0.0.1 in the ...
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How to check whether a domain name is a trademark?

How to check whether the domain name you have chosen conflicts with other trademark existing domain names which you didn't know about. Also, when is it legal to choose similar domain names to other ...
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Vanity URLs with .htaccess and PHP?

I need to create a vanity URL redirect using htaccess and PHP. My requirements are: If a user writes example.com/users/foobar The client will be redirected to for example: profile.php?user=foobar in ...
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Do inbound links pass link juice up the url hierarchy?

Our site is very regional, so we focus all of our seo efforts on each of these region landing pages. For Example: domain.com/toys/us/ca/san-francisco We added an informational page (ex. reviews) and ...
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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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Is trailing slash automagically added on click of home page URL in browser?

I am asking this because whenever I hover over a link to a home page (e.g. http://www.example.com), I notice that a trailing slash is always added (as observed on the status bar of the browser) ...
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Why does http://example.com equal http://example.com/? [duplicate]

When I access http://example.com in a web browser, the browser adds a slash to the end of the URL and loads the page. The part that scares me is that duplicate content exists when one uses the ...
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Should sitemap contain URL for all categories of Product?

I am having open cart eCommerce website. Here I need to add one product under multiple Categories. By default what opencart produces SITEMAP.xml, it includes URL for all the categroies for that ...
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apache directory pages in default setup = duplicate content?

I'm trying to figure out if google or any other service would treat apache folder pages as duplicate content if in each access attempt a random number of slashes are used. For example, these four URLs ...
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URLs with parameters & canonical tags. Block them via robots.txt vs GSC URL parameters?

I have some URLs with parameters, the parameters aren't of the filtering kind, they don't create millions of duplicates. The parameters are simple being used for tracking purpose, content doesn't ...
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Strange URLs st.aspx and ct.html in Webmaster Tools

Why would Google Webmaster Tools include these strange URLs as URL Errors? I don't have them linked anywhere, and when I click "Linked from" I just get the no-www variants of the same URLs: st.aspx ...
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URL Domain Forwarding or Masking a Single Page?

I have a page on my WordPress site called mysite.com/group and it has a bunch of text content. I want people to be able to access this page from the URL mysitegroup.org so it uses the ...
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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 non-alphanumeric characters in URLs have any effect on SEO?

Does including non-alphanumeric ASCII characters which do not require escaping or url-encoding such as :@!$()* in URLs have any effect on SEO?
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What is the difference between a URI and a URL?

I have read these pages: http://www.w3.org/TR/uri-clarification/ http://www.damnhandy.com/2007/11/19/uri-vs-url-whats-the-difference/ I know basic about URL, URN, and URI; but little on their ...
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Friendly URLs with .htaccess

I'm have the following .htaccess: RewriteEngine on RewriteCond %{request_filename} -f RewriteRule ^(.*) $1 [L] RewriteRule ^(([^/]*)+)(/([^/]{0,32})(/.+)?)?$ index.php?a=$1&q=$3 [L] My ...
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Using sub-directory vs single directory urls [duplicate]

I'm creating a location based site and was debating between two styles of writing urls. The first shows the name of the restaurant followed by the city its located in. example.com/hillstone-new-york ...
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404 outside the scope of ErrorDocument 404 and htaccess

i have an interesting problem, this link: ...
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How can I remove URLs from Google search that contain my product name?

I'm working for a company, and while searching for their name in Google, the results returned contain links with their product name in them that I want to be removed. Is there any way Google can help ...
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Link re-interpreted by browser does not work

I have a problem with links generated by php, for example this link works: ...
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Should I do a permanent redirect on URLs with varying querystrings?

We have moved our website from classic ASP to Magento. In the process almost all our URLs have changed. I noticed some old style URL requests are being made with Google campaign tracking in the ...
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How do I improve the rate at which Google crawls my website?

Google is not crawling my website. I want to be in the search results as soon as possible. How do I get Google to crawl faster?
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What does the double slash mean in URLs?

What does the double slash mean ? (I'm not referring to the beginning right after http:). For example: http://www.imywebsite.gov/sectionA/sectionB//section/page/
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Should domain names be used with URLs when referencing on-site links? [duplicate]

Perhaps this is a simple google search, but I do not know the terms to search on this subject. Does it matter in SEO (or even in browser functionality) if the domain is included in urls referencing ...
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SEO when creating many URLs for a page that differ only by the name of the person that created the link

I'm developing a referral system for my website, and the way it works now is to generate an unique URL like www.example.net/public/referral/UNIQUE_URL. This page is just a normal registry page like ...
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Shallow hierarchy for high traffic pages

we have a website about a huge topic, or better said, many different topics that suit to a one huge topic. We have a good balanced structure with 3 levels depth: www.domain.com/l1/l2/l3 Our ...
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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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What is good URI design?

How should a good URI be designed? What are the factors to consider? What are the pros and cons of the variants? Factors that makes up a good URI Stability over time Short Give the user an idea ...
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Optimizing routes (include folder path or not) [duplicate]

Doing a bit overhaul of my website, and thinking about routes from the SEO lens. Do any of the three options below stand out in terms of SEO performance, or is there little difference? ...
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Require valid ServerName in httpd.conf

I have two virtual hosts, and have sites1.com and sites2.com pointing to my server. All works fine. <VirtualHost *:80> ServerName site1.com DocumentRoot /var/www/site1/html ...
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delisting my old URL's from copyright services

About a month ago, I redid a major part of my website so that the difference between thousands of URL's is the subdomain name itself. Now I go on copyscape and put in my new URL and it tells me that ...
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SEO implication of removing www from domain

For purely cosmetic reasons I'd like to change the redirect on my domain from www.example.com to example.com. There's plenty of SEO advice floating around on the internet, but in 2015 is this ...
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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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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 ...