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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Googlebot requesting invalid URL

I have a web app which emails me exceptions automatically. This morning there was an error relating to a url: /Catalog/LiveCatalog?id=ylwpfqzts id is invalid (should be a guid) and caused an error ...
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What's the extent of the “damage” to having a broken URL found by the spiders (showing in Google Webmaster Tools)?

An error with our URL rewrite rules caused some pages to be not found (404 errors) when Google crawled our site. I regularly watch for errors and fix database or coding issues when they arise. We ...
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How do I know whether a site is a daughter site of another?

Given http://www.ocfaustralia.org/ and site 2 http://griffith.ocfaustralia.org/, is there a way for me to tell whether site 2 is a daughter site for site 1? That is, if I were to remove site 1 would ...
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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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Content change on front page

I am building a blog type website with articles. In one category, new articles will be posted every 2-3 days. I need the last article from that category to be (totally) displayed on the front page ...
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Is URL consistency important? Can I have multiple URL styles on one website?

I have a website in which the URL structure is mysite.com/Anything_Here/And_Something_Here. I would like to have another section in the same site with ...
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SEO for similar subject titles with different technology versions?

Let's say I'm building a programming tutorial/article website. Over time, versions of technology replace itself. For example a service call with AngularJS is completely different in version 0.9.0 ...
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Creating a new 200 OK page on an address that previously served a 301 redirect?

Let's say I create a page aaa.htm; after some time it gets removed in favor of bbb.htm. At this point aaa.htm responds with a 301 redirect to bbb.htm. Now again, after some more amount of time, I ...
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301 redirects, query strings and SEO

We have recently consolidated one site into another one. We set up all of our 301s and those all work famously. The bulk of the 301s (including the old site's homepage) land on an interior page of ...
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Google Webmaster Tools is showing duplicate URLs based on page title differences

I have 700+ title tag duplicates showing in WMT. Every first link in that picture is as duplicate link of second one. I don't know from where the first link got indexed by Google when that link ...
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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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Plural vs singular word in URL and title tag

Please advise which is better for a page with multiple property listings: website.com/apartments-to-let/area vs website.com/apartment-to-let-area Isn't the plural better since it is an accurate ...
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In case of a server error, should I change the URL in the address bar?

Let's say the user surfs to http://mysite.com/some-path and encounters error 500 which leads to a custom error page. What is the best practice regarding the URL shown in the address bar while in the ...
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The effect in Google of the word “the” in a URL?

Keywords in your URL are extremely weighted, and I am aware of most bad practices, but the question as to whether the word "the" in a URL, as in www.thewebdesigner.com, is a bad idea or not is very ...
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How to handle duplicate product pages for SEO?

I am using the following URL format to display products: mysite.com/category1/product. Now I am finding certain products fall into more than 1 category and I would like the product to be listed in ...
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“C# grid control”: how to encode this in URL from SEO perspective?

We are developing a WinForms grid control, and selling it thru our website worldwide. At the current stage of SEO works, we found that there are many popular search phrases with the "c#" word we can ...
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Website forwarding, keeping original URL

We have example.org (our main site) registered and hosted on an american server. We bought example.gr domain name in Greece, a local registrar. We made .gr point at .org DNS all right. A visitor types ...
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How to remove Ever crawled web Pages by Google

I know that we can use noindex, nofollow and robots for excluding the pages from Google Index. This process takes a long long time to clean up website from Google Index. In Webmaster Tools => Index ...
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How do I use htaccess to make a short URL to a MediaWiki page?

I'd like to rewrite /liam to /index.php/Liam_Edwards-Playne. I've currently written this below in the appropriate .htaccess file but it is still returning a 404: RewriteEngine On RewriteRule ^/liam$ ...
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Does maintaining URL structure matter between different sites on the same domain?

I have a client that has a yearly event. Each year they create a new, complete website for their event in a subdirectory on their event's domain. Last year their URL had this structure: ...
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How to inform search engines that my site support multilanguages?

The website i am working on is translated to 8 languages (English, Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, Hindi, Russian, Spanish and Portuguese). Each time the user select a language, the URL stays the same as ...
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Web Server Directory / URL question

Ok..So I know this is an easy question, but I just don't know. Given the URL: http://mail.google.com/ What is mail? Is that a directory or what? I have a domain, and I want to put a webpage on an ...
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Worth changing the URL structure to incorporate keywords?

I am migrating my blog from PHP to ASP.NET and while recoding the whole website, I figured I might as well improve the URL structure. This is how an url looks like now: ...
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What is Easiest Way to Change URL Structure of Dynamic PHP Website? [duplicate]

I am a SEO guy and always facing this problem, that PHP sites make dynamic URL with IDs. This is not SEO friendly structure—like this /article.php?id=2987—and need to be changed like this ...
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What happens if the Canonical URL is the same as the actual page URL?

I might be asking a trivial question here, but how do the search engines treat loops created via rel="canonical" tag? My scenario is that being a site having dynamic content, I have URLs as follows: ...
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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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Address bar showing long URL

I recently upgraded my hosting account to Deluxe where I can host multiple websites. I added a domain name and created a folder in the root directory giving it the same name as my domain name and ...
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Debating between different kinds of URL and see if one is more seo-friendly than other…

So something like domain.com\x\y\z\t and domain.com\x?var1=y&var2=z&var3=t (var1, var2 and var3 will be replaced by legit words that make more sense). Which one is more SEO friendly? For my ...
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Can I get source URL from Google search if I switch to HTTPS myself?

HTTPS cloaks the keywords, but I've read that by enabling HTTPS on my site I may at least get the source URL's - if the browser goes from HTTPS -> HTTPS it does not drop the source url in the packet ...
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URLs appended with a fullstop (period)

When I log into to my hosting provider to view my website stats I have noticed that there are a few repeated page URLs with a full stop on the end. I have hunted for this additional page on my FTP but ...
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Apache rewrite rule to add a directory in front of a file

I have an HTML page in my root directory, and when someone clicks it I'd like there to be a directory before the file name, that doesn't exist. For example, instead of just being able to access: ...
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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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What is correct syntax for .htaccess 301 redirect of query based URL to new URL?

I wish to set up some 301 redirects to new URLs and I am trying to do this with the redirect facility in cPanel. For some reason the requests are not being processed correctly and I am guessing that ...
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Link a domain to a Squarespace account

I have set up a Squarespace account and now need to link a domain I purchased elsewhere. What settings do I need to change on the domain hosted? This is what I've got so far, however the changes ...
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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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What should be done when one page has multiple parents?

I have a website which deals with mobile phones related information. Now I have a webpage which has all articles related to a mobile phone. Now this page can potentially have two parents one being ...
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Abandoning high ranking website but using URL for SEO benefits

I have two websites. A pet products (e.g. petsite.com) website and a dog products (e.g. dogsite.com) website. Petsite runs on Prestashop and Dogsite runs on EKMPowershop. All the goods sold on ...
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Does changing the picture folder path of older website affect SEO?

I have a 2 years old WordPress based picture website. Now I am planning to use CDN for my website. But the problem is I have to move my picture folder to a subdomain. For instance my current path is ...
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Google adds useless parameters to my URL

I have recently added my website to Google, and I don't understand why he adds useless parameters to my URLs. Normal URL: build/view/2/akali/mid Google URL: build/view/2/akali/mid?role=adc ...
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Why doesn't Google return the main page when searching for the exact domain?

I'm trying to figure out a problem for one of my clients. I have to mention that I've not developed the website and the company that has done the development can not be contacted anymore. The the ...
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Can bots crawl through “checkbox” form elements which act as a filter for products?

For example, my site has a list of products, with a filter box which allows you to narrow by price, features, etc. My question is, can google crawl this form, see the url results (which is a bunch of ...
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Should I have link rel=next & prev on URLs which have query variables?

For example, I have link rel prev & next set up on these pages of products: site.com?page=2 site.com?page=3 (this is my preferred structure by the way and I'm trying to get all the ugly URLs ...
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URL query variables and rel=canonical

I have 14 pages of products on my site. Each page has 10 products. The product pages are powered by Ajax, and I have a filter results feature which lets them only show products with higher ratings, ...
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Would including some of the same words in every product URL be considered keyword stuffing?

I have about 130 products on my site, and I want the URL to look like this example.com/unique-product-name-ratings-reviews-prices. Since I have 130 of these pages, I am concerned about the ...
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map a sub page of a domain to google sites

I control a subpage of a site: economics.university.edu/summerschool I have access to CNAME, etc. However I want to use Google sites to create the site and then map the URL above to my Google site. ...
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Custom short URLs

I'm creating a WordPress site for a client and he mentioned that he would like his own custom URL shortening when sharing to Twitter. How do I go about setting up one of these? If I had to guess, I ...
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Redirection & SEO related stuff while moving to a new blog

I have a WordPress blog and recently I have setup a new blog lets call the old blog as blog old and new blog as blog new. What I did is moved the content, photos, pictures and all 250 posts from blog ...
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301 redirects. What's best way to get list of all my URL's to start the process of redirecting?

New Magento version of a site about to launch. What the best way to create a list of URLs on my site that ensures I haven't missed any - so I can do redirects on them? nd do I want to redirect all ...
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Recovery from URL structure change?

in July this year, we have changed the URL structure of the website from: Post: domain.com/blog/post/986/dance/heart-beats-dance-video-by-chinatsu/ Category: domain.com/blog/index/cosplay/ ...
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How do I forward/redirect a website from a folder in a subdomain to another server?

I have a client with a site at subdomain.example.com/folder. I've cloned it locally in MAMP. Once I've made some changes, I need to host it at an alternative physical server (I intend to use a ...