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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Problem with my subdomain with .htaccess root as subdir

I am working on a site making my subdir to appear as root just like //domain.com/ is //domain.com/subdir and also access/load files hiding the subdir. My site have this .htaccess(below) and its ...
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Should my URLs be lowercase?

According to this blog ("Understanding SEO Friendly URL Syntax Practices") I should change http://example.com/Hello-Dolly To http://example.com/hello-dolly The reasons given are: ...
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Does a filename's location (relative to the root) effect it's SEO?

I apologize if this answer is already somewhere else, I've searched for a while and come up empty. My company has hired a 3rd party SEO company to help with our rankings. Most of the suggestions ...
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How to add a certain parameter (ad_id) to URL?

On my WordPress site, there is a page http://www.example.com/doc/list/ that dynamically shows all DB entries (76,000). Google does not index the different entries. The URLs looks like this ...
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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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Removing “Dirty URLs”

I have a site that apparently has "dirty URLs". For example a URL that I have goes something like this: www.website.com/article?articleID=2 or something along the lines of that. This, to me, seems to ...
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What should the maximum length of a filename be, and would that affect SEO?

I am working on an artist's portfolio website. Let's say I want each artwork's image filename to contain its basic information, like so: Category - Artwork Title - Size, Medium, Year.jpg In actual ...
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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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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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Is it possible to set up a subdomain and link to it from the main site?

I have a store hosted on big cartel which I want to set up as a subdomain on my website. Something like: http://store.mysite.com Is it possible to do this somehow? If so, how do links to the ...
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My Domain Name Appears Twice in Most of My URLs

I've recently been adding some backlinks to other articles within my site. I don't know if it's this that is now causing me a problem. I now notice that Google has indexed my sites pages again but ...
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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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Handling duplicate content caused by 'new' smart-url structure

I used to have an URL structure like this: mydomain.com/search.php?key=value which I've since changed to: mydomain.com/key/value. I've changed all the internal links in my site, but Google ...
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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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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 Google does not fetch some $_GET parameters in URL?

I have StackOverflow style URL's in my site, like mysite.com/article/42/the-article. However, when I search for the article, I see that Google has fetched it like this mysite.com/article/42/. Am I ...
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Creating temp/fake URLs for user generated content

I'm working on a site that hosts classified listings. I'm currently using hash/query params and Ajax to display content. Example: www.site.com/viewpost?id=34089 We are now interested in making ...
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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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Same URL rendering different content

We have a CSS file hosted on cloudfront. Whenever the file is updated we add a version number to the file. We also have VPN in our office through which we connect to QA servers. Now a very peculiar ...
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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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Can I have tracking parameters immediately after a forward slash /?

I would like to start redirecting all /index.php pageviews to / to clean up GA data and otherwise simplify URL hits. Does anyone foresee this causing any problem when using tracking parameters? E.g. ...
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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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Why are the custom campaign parameters in Google Analytics so long?

Adding several Google Analytics custom campaign parameters can make URLs very long.* For example, in Google's own examples: ...
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URL encoding - what difference to SEO? + or _ or - [duplicate]

I have a URL e.g.: http://mysite.com/tracks/backing-track/101153/ABBA/Super+Trouper QUESTION does it make a difference to SEO when using + or - or _ in the URL between words? Is one more readable ...
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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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Benefit of date in URL segments

I was curious about the date in URL segments, is there any SEO point of benefit? For example the following URLs: ...
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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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Do I really need to remove special characters in a URL?

I have an FTP account shared with friends where we upload underground music albums and then we use the links to share the downloads in a music forum. The problem is that the album names are in french ...
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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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Redirect incomplete URL to index page

I want to redirect specific URLs to the index page not to 404 error page (ex: http://www.website.com/trip-15). If I remove any character from the URL it will go to 404 error page (ex: ...
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What are the pro and cons of using friendly URLs compared to query parameters (and vice versa)? [duplicate]

I am noticing that more and more sites prefer using "friendly URLs" over adding information as query parameters. For example: domain.com/product/3343/ compared to ...
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IE strips off parameters from a file URI pasted into an address bar?

Question: How do I stop IE from stripping off parameters from file URI pasted into address bar? Description of a problem: I have a "simpleTest.html" page with only this JS code inside, that returns ...
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Adding tracking to a link without rewriting the link

I use goo.gl as my url shortener when posting to social media and I really like the analytics it gives me: I'd like to get similar tracking information for who turns up to my homepage via social ...
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Why did the Googlebot add “sp=1” to my URL's?

Googlebot crawled my site for the first time today, and added something strange. It appended &sp=1 to my URL's. It seems like it's trying to gain authorized access? Normally I have ...
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Handling pagination, sorting and results per page with SEO-friendly URLs

We have an e-shop which has pagination, sorting, and a 'results per page' limit option. What is the most SEO-friendly approach to structure my URL's? My first thought was: ...
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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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One Page Website, with jump links, but hide, display:none all other content except jump link clicked [duplicate]

I'm wondering how this website design/structure will work for SEO. I have example.com that I'm building. The only actual URL for the website is example.com. However, it will appear to the user that ...
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Adding URL parameters to Google Webmaster Tools: URL encoded or not?

When adding parameters to Webmaster Tools for URLs that I don't want indexed, should I add the parameters with actual brackets, example: technology[above_average] or should add in the URL encoding ...
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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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Configure clean URLs using 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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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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Robots.txt disallowing URLs

I need to disallow some URLs on my site but I am not sure how to do that. I have a site that has products and reviews. When someone makes a review, the site generates a URL automatically like this: ...
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Pros and cons of language-specific URL's?

I've googled a bit if it's better to use language-specific URL's and most of the answers said yes. For example, for the about page it is better to use: /en/about-us/ /de/uber-uns/ Than it is to ...
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Are images with non-standard extensions (such as “.ashx”, instead of “.png” or “.jpg”) bad for SEO?

Certain CMS' running on IIS like Sitecore do not give image files appropriate file formats like .png or .jpg by default, but instead link to images as: <img src="/media/Some Folder/EX-IMG.ashx" ...
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Does domain suffix affect SEO? [duplicate]

my first question here! I have a question regarding URL suffixes. Say I have a company, let's call it example-it. If I then purchase the domain www.example.it, thus incorporating the company name into ...
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URL requests with [object] in place of parameter values

We're seeing requests to our server with the literal [object] replacing the values where parameters should be. For example: http://example.com/users/[object]. I've found some suggestions that it ...
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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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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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Force url to use www [duplicate]

I'm confused about how to force my url to use www in the address. I have a .htaccess code like this: <IfModule mod_rewrite.c> RewriteEngine On RewriteBase / RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f ...