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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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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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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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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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 mysite.com/...
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Must the image url in a sitemap file begin with the same domain the file is stored on?

I remember when making a sitemap, all URLs defined in between <loc> and </loc> must be part of the same domain as the domain the file is stored on. For example, I can use this line in my ...
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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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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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How to keep friendly URLs consistent?

I downloaded a site with a crawler script (HTTrack) and now have a few hundred HTML files that need to be edited and re-deployed. The original site ran on a combination of Drupal and a lesser known, ...
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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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Company name change and new URL - Google showing old company name in result title

I have posted this question on a Google Webmasters forum with no luck. I also called Google and spoke with a rep with no luck. Here is our problem. Overview Website launch for a client about a ...
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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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404 outside the scope of ErrorDocument 404 and htaccess

i have an interesting problem, this link: http://masterarbeit-im-unternehmen.de/Thema_Entwicklung%20von%20Handlungsempfehlungen%20f%C3%BCr%20die%20Prozessweiterentwicklung%20des%20Vertriebskanals%...
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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: http://masterarbeit-im-unternehmen.de/Thema_Analyse-und-Darstellung-der-%C3%B6kologischen-Vorteile-des-Remanufacturings-f%...
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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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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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If the string '%2b' exists in the URL alias, does it affect SEO of the page?

I have a platform which uses a responsive design. The structure of the website is like this: Domain/#!/Product_type/Product_ID Here, I am trying to create the alias URL (Using an earlier version of ...
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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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Should 301 redirects from www to the naked domain include the path for SEO?

I'm trying to sort out a redirect for my site from www to the "naked" domain. My redirect currently does this: www.example.com -> example.com www.example.com/test.html -> example.com Is this ...
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Submitting a site that has a redirect

I have a blog site which lives in my subdirectory (www.mysite.com/blog) but I've set a redirect to show up in root url as in www.mysite.com. Now when I submit my site to Google, do I need to add the ...
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SEO, acronyms, and the URL

Could writing URLs as acronyms negatively impact SEO? Does it matter what the acronym is? I'm creating a site for a research organization with many different branches and project in those branches ...
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Brand new domain and server using URL Rewrite flagged by Google for Phishing

I set up a VM with 1and1.com and registered a domain. I'm running an app (Jira) that runs on its own Tomcat instance but I have set up URL Rewriting based on this article so that IIS can handle the ...
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URL length: Does having many categories/subcateegories in the URL hurt SEO for pages? [duplicate]

Thanks everyone, I am building a new website, I am facing this issue, we will have urls like this, www.mywebsite.com/cat/subcat1/subcat2/subcat3/subcat4/product-name how much does this long cat/...
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requests with http://. should I block?

I took a look at my logs and found out that earlier this year, random computers made a request to resources and my log recorded it as follows: "GET http://testp3.pospr.waw.pl/testproxy.php HTTP/1.1" ...
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what is this? #sthash.a3BsN8BD.dpbs

I have a WordPress blog on my website, and I'm now noticing this stuff being appended to URLs: #sthash.a3BsN8BD.dpbs What is this? How do I remove it?
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How remove a duplicate permanent link in WordPress?

I have two links that show a single post. I need to remove one of them, because I get "Duplicate title tag" warnings in Google Webmaster Tools. How can I remove a permanent URL from WordPress?
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Google's page speed insights won't load for my site

Starting this week, Google has promoted the use of mobile to the point where they are labeling mobile friendly sites with a tag in the search results. For much of my browsing, I use Opera 11.6 and to ...
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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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301 redirects with GET parameters

I have a page in the format of example.com/index.php?ID=someID and my client would like me to 301 permanent redirect some IDs to another domain. Will crawlers only change indexes for the specific ID ...
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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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What effect does a URL length have on search engine indexing?

Once again, I tested some URL's of my site via powermapper tools, and now I receive the following issue: W3C Best Practices - Some pages violate these guidelines. Keep URLs shorter than 78 ...
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Full Domain Name Or Acronym? [duplicate]

I read on MOZ that a domain name should ideally be less than 15 characters. My current domain name for a WIP website is ANightInBurlington.com, which is 18 before the .com, and without http:// or www. ...
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Optimal URL structure for directory-like site [duplicate]

I'm building a site where organic SEO is very important for me. It's a niche, there's very little competition, and any edge I can get will help me out tremendously. That being said, which URL ...
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Should I include product URLs in my Sitemap, if I have Google Shopping?

Well, the title says it all, really. We already have Google Shopping, where they have data for all of our products in the product feed, including URLs. Should I still include the URLs to the products, ...
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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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Could BingBot's case-insensitive url handling of my js files impact SEO?

BingBot loaded the root of my page, and the included JS. The JS url contains base64-encoded binary data, because hex was unnecessarily long. Singe BingBot requests all url's in lowercase, the base64 ...
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Trying to improve code-text ratio without a catch-22

My website has several subdomains with it that represent each major section of the website and I have that to allow search engines to understand what each section is about. My problem lies with the ...
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Do shorter URLs benefit the pagerank and overall SEO value of pages vs. a longer categorised url showing the site structure

We are coming to the end of a long project in which we are upgrading our client's site from a custom built CMS to the latest version of Umbraco CMS whilst also making their website responsive. As part ...
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Using preventDefault() to cloak links bad for SEO?

I'm thinking of doing something like this: <a href="http://www.example.com" data-href="http://www.affiliatelink.com">Link</a> When a user hovers the link they will see www.example....
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How to create a Goolge Play Music URI?

For a service I'm building I need to link to google play music. Any idea how to create a URI? Or is there an other way to open google play music?
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URL appearance in Google results

Why do some Google results show the http prefix in the green URL and some don’t?
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How do I handle the URL of an article that sits in more than one category

In our knowledge base (hosted in Wordpress) we have one article that is relevant to 2 categories. I do not want to duplicate the article and have it sitting separately in each category for fear of ...
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How to add category in URL for Wordpress theme

We are having trouble getting the category name into the URL. We want to use the following structure: example.com/knowledge-base/category-name/article-name For some reason our wordpress theme (...