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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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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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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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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Best way to use date in URL for better SEO

There is a website scenario in which a user gives date as input and the result will be something related with that date. Lets take the scenario is my website gives earth quakes happened in Europe on ...
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Which URL(s) do I choose for one product with different colours?

I read that it is best practices that if you have a product that comes in 3 colours to have one URL for the product, and then to have a dropdown with all the colours that it comes in? For example if ...
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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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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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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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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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Redirected urls show in serp, with the original permalink but with the title and meta of the target page

I have a problem which I have not encountered before. On a website I am working on, www.example.com, I have several affiliate links which are of the form www.example.com/out/blahblah The redirect is ...
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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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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 ...
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Is it okay to use apostrophe's in the URL? Are there any negative consequences?

In particular I'm interested in any SEO consequences.
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URL rewrite and domain frame

I have registered the domain www.posti.sh at nic.sh. The website is on the server www.myskoob.com/postish. Unfortunately, nic.sh does not support frames, i.e. that the domain stays posti.sh as it ...
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Are shorter URIs better from an SEO perspective? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are shorter URLS better for SEO? I'm creating SEO friendly URIs on my site. Is there a big difference between these different options? /this-is-my-title ...
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CMS Made Simple: Why does home page return a 404 under www subdomain?

Anyone know why my homepage won't load with the www prefix. Links such as www.example.com/about-us will load fine but www.example.com returns a 404. Every page works including the home page ...
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Choosing URLs for website offering products and services

Assuming that I offer very few services and/or products. Is, from SEO benefit point of view, it better to construct URL (http probably doesn't matter) such as: www.mysite.com/services/nameofservice ...
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nginx rewrite for an url with parameters

I have two types of URL and want to rewrite it for friendly URL. 1. The first: https://example.com/folder/myfile.php?id=xx&param1=yy I want to rewrite to: ...
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Dealing with usernames in the URL

This is my first question on here so let me know if I have not followed any rules. I run a website Audibase that has the usernames in the URLs for example: https://audibase.com/grungecake ...
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Using a hyphen in the domain name [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it better to put hyphens in a domain name ? I am looking to buy a domain where the obvious choices have already been purchased. Example: domaintest.com or ...
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http://url works but www.url doesnt

My website http://bakasura.in works fine. when i try to visit it via www.bakasura.in it doesnt work. What is the problem ?
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Migrating a website to a new server and content management system but keeping domain: What will happen to our Google rank?

We are currently in the process of launching a new website in my non-profit organisation; our old web site that has been around since the end of the 90's will be replaced by a Squarespace site. Now, ...
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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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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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Do the internal searches need to be by GET for SEO purposes?

I have a site with products, which can be searched using a convoluted search form, with quite a few input fields. I send the data by POST, to the same page, so I can list all products in the URL: ...
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How do you send a URL request with upper-case characters in the domain name?

I wanted to see how my site would respond to a request if the hostname is in capital letters instead of the usual lower-case. I tried doing that on FireFox and Chrome, but they automatically convert ...
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Replacing an existing website – SEO considerations for broken links?

I have built a new website to replace a client's existing company website on the same URL. The content is entirely different, and none of the page links are the same. Do I have any issues to worry ...
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Can you rewrite the root?

Not sure how to word this one but will explain most I can. I am trying to make the following happen. Re-write this http://example.com To this http://example.com/home/ Is it possible ? update ...
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URLs posted with @ in the path are not autolinked properly, are they valid?

I have a site where users post comments. Often, those comments have URLs to a video streaming site with URLs in the following format: My site does not link the latter part comprising @57m58s which ...
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What is the shortest valid and available numerical domain name? [closed]

559.com is unavailable: 10019976.com is available: But how can I figure out the lowest number available as a ".com" domain name?
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Is SEO affected negatively by having densely encoded identifiers of content in URLs?

This isn't about where to put the id of a piece of unique content in URLs, but more about densely packing the URL (or, does it just not matter). Take for example, a hypothetical post in a blog: ...
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Impact of below URL structure for eCommerce Site (in terms of SEO)

Currently we are thinking of two possible URL structures for Products page and Product Detail Page and which one should we go with ? 1st Approach: /products/ - Displays Products ...