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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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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SEO implications of having multiple languages available at same URL

I am in the process of translating a set of websites to multiple languages. Would there be any negative implications if I were to serve each different language from identical URLs? I fully intend to ...
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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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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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Proper robots.txt block URL

I want to block this URL: /services/online.html?dir=asc&limit=12&order=price but I want to allow this one: /services/online.html. I have added this on the robots.txt: Allow: /services/online....
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Do I need to update the sitemap.xml file after removing some URLs?

Do I need to update the sitemap.xml file after removing some URLs from the website and merge three different URLs to a single one. For example, three different URLs: www.example.com/one.html (main ...
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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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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 www.anothersite....
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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 عنوان-...
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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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How to split a ranked page or category?

This is a general question and not related to specified URL. I have some websites that contains many categories. Now i want to split some categories. For example: I have "office table and chair" ...
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.htaccess redirect url to a subfolder on a subdomain with exceptions

I have a CMS installed on a subdomain (say blog.domain.com). I created a site on it but the site can be accessed at (blog.domain.com/sites/mysite). I also have to use other links like blog.domain.com/#...
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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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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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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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Multilanguage Website with language parameters inside URL and HTACCESS redirect

I'm experiencing an issue using the Google webmaster tools. My Website homepage is being redirected to the correct language version according to user's browser language. For example if a user from UK ...
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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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Using both original name and English name in a URL

Let's say, I am adapting a URL structure like: [domain]/neuschwanstein-castle-schloss-neuschwanstein Neuschwanstein Castle is a castle in Germany and its original name is Schloss Neuschwanstein in ...
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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: http://awespot.org/country/...
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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 it OK to have a case insensitive URI?

If I have a URL like /writes/about/star-wars, and it is also accessible to users by /wRitEs/ABOUT/star-WARS, is that considered another page? Is a page allowed to have any combo of upper/lower-case ...
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Should an ID go at the beginning or end of the URL for SEO?

Says I have a link, which contains the ID = 19963307 Type 1 : http://stackoverflow.com/questions/19963307/how-to-install-asp-net-mvc-5-on-a-server Type 2 : http://stackoverflow.com/questions/...
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Is it valid to include digits and question marks in the URL slug for a permalink?

Is it valid (and maybe even a best practice) to create "Aliases" or "Slugs" that contain numbers and question marks? The numbers would be integer only, floats are out of the question. For example: ...
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Configure clean URLs for Laravel using a rewrite rule to index.php

Recently I've started learning Laravel , I have none experience with framework before. I'm encountering the following problem .I'm trying to configure the .htaccess file so I can have clean URLs but ...
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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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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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Batch removal of URL from Google index

We accidentally created a number of links to the same page resulting in Google indexing what should be about 5 000 pages as over 100 000. We have subsequently fixed this up, returning 404's, but ...
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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 www.site.com/product-name....
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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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Writing clean urls with .htaccess

Update - Alright thanks everyone for your tests, it really helped. The code is good. My problem was not having absolute "/" links. (Due to moving from public_html folder). Only 2 concerns i have now. ...
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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: /...
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Should I translate URL for better SEO?

I have a website about TV shows, that for default (EN) pages, it's like this: example.com/en/show/actors example.com/en/show/episodes The site is localized in different languages, and I was ...
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Change web folders names with uppercase to lowercase or not?

I have web directories with upper case letters and site is on Apache server. Example: www.example.com/ServiceTools/page.htm I have read that using upper case letters in folder name is bad practice ...
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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: plumber-...
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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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What are the differences between a regular HTTP web server and a REST server?

I am learning about REST services and from what I understood until now the only difference is the language of the file that is outputted by the script that runs as a backend. Can a regular web server ...