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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Well structured URLs vs. URLs optimized for SEO

Let’s take an example of a movie site. So a well structured set of URLs for this site can be: Movie page - example.com/movies/the-matrix Review for movie - example.com/movies/the-matrix/reviews ...
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Is there a way to bulk submit URLs to Fetch as Google?

Google is taking a while to re-index changes I have made to thousands of pages, so I want to use Fetch as Google to give it a prompt. However, you can only enter 1 URL at a time as standard. Is there ...
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Google is unable to crawl both my UK and USA sites that use IP detection redirects

The URL's of my website open as per IP detection. That is, for UK it is example.com and for USA it is example.com/usa. But Google is unable to crawl example.com/usa. It is crawling just example.com. ...
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SEO tips on changing blog pagination

Three years ago we launched a self-made blog area on our e-commerce website. Call it an experimental feature, if you know what I mean. We had, and still have, a very minimalistic URL schema: /blog/...
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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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Remove hash URLs from Google search results after removing the hash [duplicate]

I recently removed the hash from the URLs of my website built with AngularJS. Now I would like to remove the old URLs from the Google search results to avoid duplicate content. Problem is, when I ...
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Previously submitted my sitemap but now I changed most of my pages URLs, what should i do?

I had previously submitted my websites sitemap to google search console. It submitted all my pages and indexed most of them. However, recently I have changed most of my pages URLs due to SEO. Since I ...
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Must the image url in a sitemap file begin with the same domain the file is stored on?

I remember when making a sitemap, all URLs defined in between <loc> and </loc> must be part of the same domain as the domain the file is stored on. For example, I can use this line in my ...
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Does breadcrumbs and url inconsistency affect SEO? [closed]

If a website has inconsistency between URL structure and Breadcrumbs structure is it good, neutral or bad for SEO? For example on Yoast site "Wordpress Plugins" page https://yoast.com/wordpress/...
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Which domain name structure, if any, is better for SEO? [closed]

I'm purchasing a domain for a new blog, and wonder which structure is better for domain name. I have these two options (domain changed to ensure it doesn't get swiped away from me!): stackexchange....
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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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my blog hosted site wont display if i dont add www at the end [duplicate]

I observed that whenever I type the URL of my blog site without putting www, it wont display e.g. typing example.com in the address bar will not display the web address but bring error unless i put ...
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Google indexing the home page multiple times with spammy and trademarked parameters

I am helping a client figure out some weird URL issue and I am stumped! Google Webmaster tools shows a couple of hundred "pages" that essentially don't exist and look pretty spammy, also using wording ...
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A better method to save state between desktop and mobile site

This is something I want to fix for a long time. To begin, on my website I have a cookie named MDD and its set to 1 if the mobile detection has already happened. This is my code: RewriteCond %{...
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change sitemap after 301 redirect

When I use 301 redirects for all URLs ... should i change sitemap URLs ??? ...... e.g: Sitemap contains bellow URLs example.com/cat/1.html example.com/cat/2.html example.com/cat/3.html Should i ...
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Company name change and new URL - Google showing old company name in result title

I have posted this question on a Google Webmasters forum with no luck. I also called Google and spoke with a rep with no luck. Here is our problem. Overview Website launch for a client about a ...
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why does google request apple-app-site-association from every domain on the server?

I received the following in my log: [Mon Oct 05 11:04:35 2015] [error] [client 66.249.75.xxx] File does not exist: /path/to/user/public_html/apple-app-site-association xxx in the log is a number ...
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Are spaces in “href” valid?

Is <a href=" #id "> (note spaces) correct (X)HTML? Does it mean the same as <a href="#id">?
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Is it possible to change from domains to phrases in the URL bar?

You can change a URL like google.com to google.com/test without reloading the page by JavaScript. Is it possible to completely change the URL like from google.com to Welcom.To.The.Website using the ...
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AMP Content and Domains

apologies if this is known science around the web mastering community, I haven't had to worry about content in a number of years and don't know where to start :) I'm considering implementing Google's ...
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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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Dynamic URL generation and SEO

We are integrating some web-services in our website and it is mostly about integrating post codes search within the website. There are couple of ways to build this, the easiest is below but we are ...
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Absolute vs Relative url

Am developing a website, I have used many anchor link in menu navigation and given absolute url. Somewhere I read we can also use relatives url in menu navigation. From SEO point of view, let me know ...
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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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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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Home page keyword cannot be in the URL

I have been looking into SEO for a few weeks now trying to perfect a homepage. Going through various sources such as MOZ, and other examples of checklists. I keep seeing that you should have your ...
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What does the double slash mean in URLs?

What does double slashes often found in URL's mean exactly? For example: http://www.example.com/A/B//C/ Please note that I'm not referring to the beginning right after http:.
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WordPress creating URLs which are not found

For each post or page I create, WordPress creates URLLs like this: about-us/timcoetzee about-us/thesportingfreak@gmail.com contact-us/@sportingfreak sa-might-never-host-major-sports-tournament/...
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Double forward slash in url, help in SEO? [duplicate]

I'm having a SEO optimised 7 year old website which rank no. 1 on google for different keywords. Pages are www.example.com/page1.php , www.example.com/page2.php . A competitor copied whole website ...
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SEO tips for blog posts pagination

Three years ago we launched a self-made blog area on our e-commerce website. Call it an experimental feature, if you know what I mean. We had, and still have, a very minimalistic URL schema: /blog/...
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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 ...
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How to keep SEO URLs after migrating my website to WordPress?

Because each platform has a unique structure and different rules for URLs, SEO URLs may be changed when migrating data from one content management platform to another. Do I have have to use an ...
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Which method is better to add “www.” before domain name

I have search through Google and found 2 methods to add www before domain name. First is by adding a CNAME and second is using rewrite mod in .htaccess file. I just want to know which method is ...
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Duplicate content on same-language region

I'm currently working on a multi-language website. I want to target different regions and each region should have its own site. I currently have two languages for my website: Dutch and English. So I ...
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Is it bad to link internal URL with http?

I have couple of domains. One in the singular form and other in the plural. The singular one has more traffic and plural one is new and has a chance of getting visitors on the homepage. Both the ...
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How to keep friendly URLs consistent?

I downloaded a site with a crawler script (HTTrack) and now have a few hundred HTML files that need to be edited and re-deployed. The original site ran on a combination of Drupal and a lesser known, ...
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If the string '%2b' exists in the URL alias, does it affect SEO of the page?

I have a platform which uses a responsive design. The structure of the website is like this: Domain/#!/Product_type/Product_ID Here, I am trying to create the alias URL (Using an earlier version of ...
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URLs with trailing questionmark (?)

I understand that URLs with or without trailing slash are considered two different resources and therefore we should use redirects to tell Google which one is the canonical one. But what about ...
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Generate urls for same product with different designs

How do you handle a product url when a brand has the same product type in different shapes? Let me provide you with an example. I have Brand A that has sling bags. There is a sling bag, and there is ...
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How can I stop search engines from crawling tel links?

I have a site that has a call now button for mobile device to directly dial from the site. This works fine, but I am getting errors on my SEO reporting tool. It is throwing errors for every page that ...
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Advice on URL structure [duplicate]

I'm looking for some advice on my URL structure for a project I'm working on. I'm a web developer so my SEO knowledge is relatively limited. My website's purpose is to essentially provide specialised ...
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Are these programmatically generated pages a correct SEO approach?

I am presently working on a taxi booking website. As a test case, the website (which is not yet online) can presently take bookings from 20 cities and booking can be made for 626 destinations (cities) ...
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SEO impact of using non-Latin characters in URL

Is there a negative SEO impact if I use non-Latin characters in my URL? For example, suppose I want to have a page about sweets. I am targeting the keyword お菓子 which is in Japanese. Should I go for ...
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URL path structure for a website with several directories

I am making a website with several directories that will have a high amount of content. For now I have separated the URLs into categories so that they’re like this: www.example.com/student/ www....
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“About” or “About us”? “Contact” or “Contact us”? “Services” or “Our services”?

There are about 5-10 most basic pages that some would say it's a best practice to include them in many sites. These are, for example: About us, Contact us, Our services, Privacy policy, Portfolio, ...
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Namecheap URL Redirect for all subpages?

I have a Namecheap account for mydomain.com, which I would like to use to mask uglydomain.com. I currently have URL Redirects (masked) set up for the @ and www hosts on the Advanced DNS settings of ...
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Language of friendly URLs

I am doing a site where the language of the entire content is Portuguese. My URLs are friendly, however they are in English. Should I change all URL to Portuguese, too? For example: from: example....
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Should the category or the title come first in the URL path?

I've seen a site that has a link structure like this: http://www.example.com/{title}/about/{category} Traditionally sites are using: http://www.example.com/{category}/{title}/ Is it a better ...
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Wrong URL showing up in Google search results resulting in 404 error after migrating from blogger to WordPress

I have ported a blogger blog to a WordPress blog. I have switched the DNS to point to the new WordPress blog. The WordPress blog is up and running fine. I have created sitemaps for the pages on this ...
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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 ...