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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Would having a './' in a URL cause any trouble with search engines?

For code simplicity, some of my URLs in my website might contain a ./ For example: www.example.com/./something The ./ is automatically stripped-out by the browser, and the resulting URL is: ...
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Is example1.mysite.com called multiple domain or subdomain?

I have these sites, example1.mysite.com, example2.mysite.com, ... etc. I was wondering what is the proper term for that? I heard multi-domain, and subdomain being used. Are they interchangeable, if ...
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Google Analytics for cookie-based A/B testing (same URL for A and B)

I have a website with share-friendly URLs like example.com/register I implemented A/B testing as a cookie because I don't want ugly unsharable URLs like example.com/registerA and ...
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SEO: Include category in URL to article/post?

Is it good for SEO to include the category in the URL? Like so: \articles\ID\example_category\slug Or does it not matter and only make the URL unnecessary long? Note; the article is also available ...
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What is the best seo friendly url structure [duplicate]

What is the right link structure for search engines? We don't have the posts creation date, only the id of the each article. Is this a good structure? http://www.example.com/1292/the-url-of-the-title ...
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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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Is it better for SEO if the URL has the same path as the breadcrumb?

My product URL is example.com/categorykeyword2/product. The actual path (breadcrumb) is example.com/categorykeyword1/categorykeyword2/product. Would it be better in terms of SEO if the URL was the ...
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Should I use the name of the segments in URI [duplicate]

I am making a site that has several sub-pages structured according to countries and categories. Which URL structure is better for SEO or does it even matter? Option I: www.site.com/australia/cooking ...
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Google Cache showing wrong URL

I searched the cache details of the URL http://property.example.com/pune-properties but the Google Cache showing details for property.example.com. I don't know why it's showing like this. Not only for ...
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In terms of SEO, what is the difference between a URL with and without a trailing slash?

In terms of SEO, what's the difference between: http://example.com/some-stuff/ and http://example.com/some-stuff I could not find anything useful regarding this concept, can you explain this?
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What is the difference between a homepage link with or without a trailing slash?

What is the difference between these two URLs: http://example.com/ http://example.com Should we always add the final / or avoid it? Does it make a difference?
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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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Is it possible to check the case on Apache redirects or aliases?

I have a big website (15,000 pages) with a log list of redirects (about 800) that have been used in marketing pieces for years. My Apache server has been running mod_rewrite for the past 10 years or ...
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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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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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Can a change of all URLs to lower case with canonical from others cause traffic loss?

I've recently changed URLs to lower case. I'm also suffering from about 15% traffic drop from search engines, which started about a week after my change. Can this be related? This is what I've done. ...
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How to remove trailing slashes from URL with .htaccess?

The situation Across the entire domain, we'd like the URLs to hide file extensions and remove trailing slashes, independent of the domain name itself (as in, works on any domain). Sample of our ...
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Url's with same content , but different: trailing slash and .html

I have a website with the following url: http://www.site.com/folder/ But I also have the following url: http://www.site.com/folder.html Is this really bad for Google SEO ?
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How to handle URLs that differ in case-sensitivity and show same content

For to the following URLs: http://mydomain.com/page http://mydomain.com/Page I'm showing the same content. Can this hurt SEO? I understand that theoretically it can, but does Google really ...
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Is Googlebot case sensitive? Should I use a 301 redirect to choose a preferred URL case?

The Googlebot reports the following: Pages with duplicate meta descriptions /Default.aspx?p=2 /default.aspx?p=2 Should I use a 301 redirect from Default to default or vice versa? Is Googlebot ...
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Displaying urls with case sensitivity

I just bought the domain name http://www.startupsandfinance.com/. During the registration process I tried to buy it like http://www.StartupsandFinance.com/ but could not do that because they ignored ...
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Why treat these as URLs with different path capitalization and trailing slash as different?

These are all strictly different urls: http://www.example.com/page http://www.example.com/pAge http://www.example.com/page/ http://www.example.com/paGE/ I get that it conforms to the strict ISO ...
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Can a soft link be used to fix URL problems?

I'm developing a new website to replace our old website. The URL the dev site is 11.22.33.44/~abc/ (not that IP exactly) because that's what HostGator gave me to use. Once complete, I'll change DNS ...
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SEO effects of changing the URL path to make segmentation in analytics easier

I am having an e-commerce site and current URL structure is like this: www.example.com/category1 [Category landing page] www.example.com/category1/sub-category [sub-category listing page] ...
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Showing content from pages at different URL's (masking), possibly with .htaccess

If I have URL's like:- domain.com/category/widgets/filter/blue domain.com/category/widgets/filter/red And it is pretty difficult to reconstruct them to something like:- ...
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Sub category text in the URL of wordpress site [migrated]

I am launching a site about mobile and it is in wordpress. URL structure is as follow example.com/unlock/company/model example.com/how-to/company/model Unlock and how to are parent category and ...
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Google isn't indexing AJAX URLs even after fetching them with _escaped_fragment

I'm still in the process of making my site crawlable through Google even though it's all AJAX content. I got it where if the URL contains escaped_fragment_ it retrieves the right information form the ...
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Websites sharing the same IP address

I have always been confused by the idea that multiple websites sharing the same IP address. I mean if there is a webserver out there that has an IP address. I can simply key in this IP address with ...
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How to handle different images size and URL with SEO

I'm creating my own CMS, and I have to handle images with differentes sizes. I store all my image's information in a database. For every image, I have: a filename (with extension) a title an alt ...
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Directory structure and script arguments

I'll often see a URL that looks something like this: site.com/articles/may/05/02/2011/article-name.php Surely all of those subdirectories don't actually exist? It seems like it would be a huge ...
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cURL works but PHP cURL fails to internet [migrated]

Trying to diagnose an issue using PHP to cURL to an Internet location on a RedHat Linux server. cURL is installed and working, and: <?php var_dump(curl_version()); ?> shows all the correct ...
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Changing website Url - Am I making an SEO mistake

I have a webiste with a .com domain that is a year old. The business is a shop based in Ireland and I have purchased a .ie domain. I plan to move the website over to the new domain, SEO Good or Bad ...
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SEO & Reordering of duplicate content

I am currently working on a website, and the designer wants a menu that is setup like this: Toplevel1 Toplevel2 submenu1 submenu2 submenu3 Toplevel3 Toplevel4 All menu items have a title and ...
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Impact of simplifying a URL structure

My website is a directory with an extensive URL structure with several location-based tiers followed by an establishment name. E.g. ...
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How to remove duplicate URL in Magento site?

I have Magento site and there are so many 301 redirected pages. For example, www.example.com/catalog/product/view/id/910/category/3 is redirected to ...
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Adding Keywords in URL - Stuffing or Good Technique [duplicate]

I have about 25 pages on my website and after seeing Matt Cutts talk about how keywords in a URL is a good SEO technique, I decided to rename my files a more SEO friendly name. However, I now have ...
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How to setup mod_rewrite/htaccess to do url masking and forwarding to a subdirectory?

Its been about three years since I've played with apache and php(I've been using thin and nignx ;). So I've forgotten how to setup a mod_rewrite directive to forward all http requests from root to the ...
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How do I know whether a URL returns an HTTP 404 status code?

For any given URL, how can I (dis)confirm whether it returns an HTTP 404 status code? I found this tool but isn't there a cleaner, more natural way to find out, independently of other people's tools? ...
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How do you get MediaWiki to render URLs in the usual way?

I've noticed that whenever a URL is long and contains unusual characters MediaWiki renders it incorrectly, for instance this URL: http://chemapps.stolaf.edu/jmol/jmol.php?model=C[C@H](N)CC1=CC=CC=C1 ...
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Is using !# for AJAX URLs the standard when it comes to SEO?

Will URLs like this site.com/!#users only be crawled by Google's search engine bots, or is this a standard adopted by all search engines (e.g., Yahoo, Bing, DuckDuckGo, etc...)?
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Crawl errors appearing in Google Webmaster Tools with suspicious URLs cached

I am receiving Crawl Errors in my Google Webmaster Tools reports with some unique URLs that I am not understanding. For Example: http://www.example.com/portfolio/?cat_url=custom-cms This page ...
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Using a .htaccess to RewriteRule and Redirect 301 at the same time?

I have a couple of specific URLs that I want to display differently on my website, like this: RewriteRule ^contact$ contact.php To get ride of the ".php" extension. And to be SEO friendly (to ...
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How can I setup a redirect using an .htaccess that would keep part of the URL path?

I would like to setup a redirect using an .htaccess file which keeps part of the URL's path in the target URL. For example: I have the domain example.com. I want example.com/social to redirect to ...
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Track a Goal conversion in Google Analytics for filling in a contact form when the URL stays the same

If a contact form's URL stays the same after submitting the form, how can I track goal conversions in Google Analytics for filling in the form? Normally I would add the confirmation page's URL into ...
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Where does the URL parameter “?chocaid=397” come from?

In Google Webmaster Tools, I noticed that my front page was indexed two times: example.com/ example.com/?chocaid=397 I know that I could fix this with the use of link type canonical, but I wonder: ...
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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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URL Forward all links from domain without slugs

I have an old site which I no longer use so I decided to redirect the domain to an article from another domain. The old site does not have web hosting anymore which means I had to url forward through ...
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Best practice URL structure for pagination [duplicate]

Is one of these formats for pagination better for SEO? www.example.com/list/1 www.example.com/list?page=1 What considerations or factors should go into selecting one format or the other? I'm ...
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Is it allowed to use Like button for another page?

According this thread it is possible to place Like button on some page, while the like button gives "like" to another page. But is it allowed officially? Aren't there any sanctions from Facebook if I ...
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Is it bad SEO practice to have two almost-identical URLs?

On my blog, after coding a function which trims stop words, I ended up with these two URLs which are identical if not for the post ID: http://www.example.com/europe/france/597/june-weather-update ...