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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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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Multiple 301 redirect and massive loss of ranking

I just remade from scratch a website for a client, the client ask me to preserve their ranking by making 301 redirect from the original URL to the new URL. For example the following URL: ...
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Changed my blog's URL: what next?

I started working on a blog from last month. My blogs URL was quite big (for ex. http://my-old-long-url-blog.blogspot.com). I used it because I thought having 2-3 keywords in my URL will help me (I am ...
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Same page in different “locations” on same site - duplicate content? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is duplicate content and how can I avoid being penalized for it on my site? The same page, or rather the same content on a page is accessible from two very similar ...
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URL hijacked for spam [closed]

I'm the webmaster site/admin for a legitimate site http://cic.nyu.edu, 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 the url ...
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Would the following URLs result in duplicate content if I only used one canonical link?

In your experience, have you ever had problems with duplicate content being caused by the following URLs: www.mysite.net www.mysite.net/ www.mysite.net/index.html Do you think that this could ...
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SEO impact - using subdomains to make a sentence

I'm thinking about playing with subdomains to make "sentences", and I would like to know if there is any impact on SEO. That's easier to explain with examples (those are fake ones and only ...
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Relative URLs confuse Google crawler

I'm having some odd problems that are apparently being generated by Google crawler. Bing isn't these errors, so it's kind of confusing. The problem seems to be because of relative links. Google ...
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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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Having an URL point to different locations for periods of time

I want to ensure that I get the proper SEO benefits in the following example: I was thinking of pointing example.com/sixnations (the Six Nations is a rugby tournament from feb-march) to refer to ...
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Separate URLs for localised content

Should pages which are almost identical, bar a few minor changes for particular locations, share the same URL? I am not talking of pages in different languages, but pages which have minor differences ...
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How to have my customized extension?

I have recently found a .htaccess trick in which I can remove file extension from the URL, example.com/file.html looks like example.com/file Now my humor says that I can replace any extension to my ...
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SEO - reducing URL length

Take a recent question: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/6479771/properties-of-inner-exception-are-disposed Instead of having an integer, if we base 36 encode the question ID we get 3uvtn, cutting ...
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Dealing with broken links and dead pages on search engines

I recently had to reconstruct the way my website runs. Along with that I have to change the way my urls are formatted. My website is not terribly popular (hoping changes will fix that) but I do have ...
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Is it okay to use persian utf-8 characters in our urls?

It's best for SEO purposes that we use the main page keywords in our urls For example stackoverflow uses this technique too. http://stackoverflow.com/questions/show-utf8-characters-in-console I ...
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Why use a Top Level Domain

I am trying to understand the use of Top Level Domains. Do they help from a SEO perspective? Lets say I have a US site and a Canada site. For US, I create www.foo.com and for Canada I create ...
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How to allow custom domains from end-users?

This is one of the things that has interested me for awhile, and I know that the service I am developing would greatly benefit from this. Various sites (Ning, Tumblr, Wordpress, etc) allow users to ...
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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 there a way to bulk submit URLs to Fetch as Google?

Google is taking a while to re-index changes I have made to thousands of pages, so I want to use Fetch as Google to give it a prompt. However, you can only enter 1 URL at a time as standard. Is there ...
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Can Joomla have a different URL for backend management?

My site will be maintained mostly by myself, and maybe 1 or 2 others. I want to know if it's possible if the back end can be managed from a different folder structure? ie. www.example.com <- user ...
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Is there any SEO benefit in making website image paths relative to the current page

Is there any benefit in making the paths of content images match that of the page? E.g. if the path of my page is www.example.com/something/my-latest-article is it better to have content images ...
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Is it bad for SEO to change a URL leaving an old broken URL?

I have a blog site. Assume that I have added a page example.com/appleand that blog page has been crawled by Google. The word "apple" is based on the blog title "Apple". Later, I changed the title ...
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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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SEO perspective on non existent directory base in URL?

I'm wondering if there will be any SEO/readability/memorability benefit to using this kind of URL structure for my upcoming project: www.moviereviews.com/movie/name? Considering that /movie is not a ...
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Does the google crawler really guess URL patterns and index pages that were never linked against?

I'm experiencing problems with indexed pages which were (probably) never linked to. Here's the setup: Data-Server: Application with RESTful interface which provides the data Website A: Provides the ...
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To change URL to user friendly URL

I'm refactoring my ASP.net application from ASP.net 3.5 to 4.0. Also I'm changing the URLs to user friendly URLs /product.aspx?id=100 to /product-name/100. All my pages are indexed by search engines ...
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How do you hide file extension in URL?

I would like to drop the .aspx extension from my webpages. One reason is that I'm not sure I will stick to ASP.NET WebForms technology. How do you do it?
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How to track specific Referrals with Google Analytics

How do I have to alter a Referral link to my website to specifically track it with Google Analytics? I already discovered the URL Builder but isn't there are shorter way? For example: ...
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Slashes in URLs and SEO

My question is simple: Is there any disadvantage (in terms of SEO and search engine behavior) to using / instead of other delimiters in URLs like http://example.com/en/items/1234/page3? I vaguely ...
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How can I force a certain URL for Google to use in search results?

Each page on my site can be accessed by a shortened URL and normal "long" URLs. The shortened URL redirects to the long URL and the long URL includes an optional title that's not parsed (much like on ...
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Which URL format is better? domain.com/[id]/title OR domain.com/title/[id].html [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: SEO : urls : best place for the id My site uses URL rewriting in both formats (for different things), but I'm wondering which one is the better approach? ...
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How to forward a “domain.com” to “www.domain.com”?

I am using GoDaddy for my domains. Lately I've noticed that none of my domain.com addresses are mapping to the server correctly. I used "Forward" option from Domain Manager and forwarded it to ...
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Frequently deleting URLs, bad for SEO?

I have a site where it promote offers, which typically have expiration dates. The URLs look like www.mysite.com/some-unique-offer-that-will-expire I want these pages to be indexed by search engines, ...
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Usage of special characters in the URL path instead of query-strings to allow relative linking in a web proxy

I've received complaints that the links that my software is generating aren't following the W3C URL-specification. http://www.w3.org/Addressing/URL/url-spec.txt The links generated looks like this: ...
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Capturing site search parameters from the URL hash in Google Analytics

We want to capture aggregated, anonymous search query history for analytic purposes to improve our internal search engine performance and metadata practices. I found this article: ...
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How can I redirect old WordPress URL (with a query string) to new URL using .htaccess?

I transferred my WordPress site to static HTML website, but some other website have a link to my old WordPress site mysite.com/?page_id=1103. I want to redirect all traffic to new URL which is ...
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URL structure for content that is updated daily

A small, simple site I am working on displays a single page with the day's best offers on it. The user is able to move back and forth between previous days. Which of the following URL structures works ...
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Should initials of names be seperated by a dot or by a hyphen for seo purposes

I wanted to use names with initials in the URL. For example if j.k. Brothers is the initials and name then is it good to make my URL like so: sitename.com/j.k.brothers/listing/ Or would it be ...
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Do extra words in url affect SEO?

Often for technical reasons we end up with some extra words in a url that we would not want to optimize for as they would have no bearing on the content. Examples would be: ...
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Google Analytics - how to track multiple sections of a site at once?

I need to track the pageviews and goal completions for the Blogs section of my website, and I used to do this simply by searching the word "/blog/" under Content, which would pull all of our Blog ...
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Removing .html and index.html from URL

I'm having some problems trying to Remove the .html extension from URLs Removing 'index.html' from an URL 1) To remove the extension I have tried using this in my htaccess file. RewriteEngine on ...
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how the search engines interpret the exclamation mark in the url

I wonder how the search engines - Yahoo, bing, google ... - interpret the exclamation mark (!) in the url: www.site.com/product!651031 www.site.com/category!651031 I could not find documentation ...
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In terms of SEO is using a forward slash in the url best practice?

domain.com/test which is a content not a folder and I would expect it to be without a forward s lash at the end for that reason, am I wrong? thanks
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Can prefixing a dash reduce the search engine rating?

If I prefix a dash to GUIDs in my URLs on my Web site, in this manner: example.com/some/folders/-35x2ne5r579n32/page-name Will my SEO rating be affected? Background: On my site, people can look up ...
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Clarify “canonical” word: Can someone please list the various uses of this word in SEO context, and point out correct or incorrect uses of it?

I think the authoritative use of the word "canonical" in the SEO discipline dates back to this 2006 blog post by Matt Cuts on cononicalization: ...
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Move blogger homepage to custom URL

My Blogger blog is example.com. I tried to make my homepage URL as example.com/euphoria but couldn't find a way to do it through googling. I came to know that it not possible to create subfolder in ...
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Can .htaccess 301 redirects work with encoded characters?

I have an old site with titles in the URL for SEO, but it has URL encoded characters than transliterated Latin characters. Like %20 instead of space character and many other non-Latin characters. The ...
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Redirect URL ending with dot

I submitted my site's URL to my workplace's printed newsletter and when I get the printed version, they added a dot to the end of it. Some people will realize that the period is not a part of the URL ...
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Google non-SSL search not passing the “q” parameter with keyword

I am building a web analytics application for search engine traffic only and right now I am looking into providing some information about keywords that Google does not show. Like not provided keyword. ...
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Remove dynamic generated end of URL

I have a Joomla 2.5 website with joomshopping and AceSEF extension component. SEF URL generation works just fine except one issue. For some reason, there are dynamic parts generated in the end of ...