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 should I structure my URLs for both SEO and localization?

When I set up a site in multiple languages, how should I set up my URLs for search engines and usability? Let's say my site is www.example.com, and I'm translating into French and Spanish. What is ...
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What is the best stucture of SEO friendly URL?

I'm working for a website to convert the website URL to an SEO friendly URL. I plan to use this: mysite.com/category-name/pageid-123-page-name I looked at some similarly categorized, highly ranked ...
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Should I use a file extension or not?

I've always wondered about this and never found a good solution. But this question reminded me of it. When I have a URL on my website it can be displayed and accessed any of the following ways: ...
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URLs: Should I use hyphens, underscores or plus symbols?

Which is better for search engines? example.com/my_cool_page.html example.com/my-cool-page.html example.com/my+cool+page.html
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Is a URL with a query string better or worse for SEO then one without one?

I want to know, is there a huge difference in terms of SEO between these URLs: mysite.com/ontario/toronto/listings or mysite.com/listings.php?p=ontario&c=toronto Will one URL rank ...
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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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Title of the page in search results and title of google's cached version are different. Why?

Check this: http://www.google.com/search?q=site:gunlawsbystate.com+kansas+gun+laws The title of the first result is "Kansas Gun Laws - Gun Laws By State". Although, on the page google has cached the ...
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What is good URI design?

How should a good URI be designed? What are the factors to consider? What are the pros and cons of the variants? Factors that makes up a good URI Stability over time Short Give the user an idea ...
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Canonical URL for a home page and trailing slashes

My home page could be potentially linked as: http://example.com http://example.com/ http://example.com/?ref=1 http://example.com/index.html http://example.com/index.html?ref=2 (the same page is ...
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Squeezing all the SEO out of a URL as possible

I am working on an ecommerce site, I told our SEO consultant that I plan to make the URL scheme: /products/<id>/<name>. This is similar to Stackoverflow's URLs which are ...
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SEO and URL Shorteners

When you have a link from lets say twitter that is t.co/foo that links back to your website how does that effect SEO and how do the major search engines handle Shortened URLs?
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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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What does WWW do?

To be clear: I am not asking whether or not I should use www in my url, or what the pros and cons are, that topic is well covered. I also wasn't sure if this was a Stack Overflow, Server Fault, or ...
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SEO : urls : best place for the id

I would like to know what's the best location for an id in a SEO optimized URL: http://www.site.com/id/slug-title http://www.site.com/slug-title-id What do you think ?
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Should I include “www” in my canonical URLs? What are the pros and cons?

What are the pros and cons of having http://www.example.com/ vs http://example.com/? For example a problem I'm aware of is that if I use a domain without www I can't set a cookie for the current ...
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Does it make a difference if your URL ends in a trailing slash or not?

Does it make any difference to SEO ratings what-so-ever if your url has a trailing slash: http://www.example.com/some/slug/paths/ as opposed to one that does not: ...
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What should filenames and URLs of images contain for SEO benefit?

We know that good site architecture usually looks like this: example-company.com/ example-company.com/about/ example-company.com/contact/ example-company.com/products/ ...
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Are keywords in URLs good SEO or needlessly redundant?

A coworker and I are locked in a debate over the value of SEO keywords in the URL of a page. She wants to change all the filenames of the HTML pages of a fencing company so they look like ...
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SEO: best way to deal with short lifetime URLs?

I am currently in the process of redesigning a job advert site and am trying to put a lot more effort into my SEO. My question is how should I deal with the URLs that point to job adverts when the ...
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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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Good Practice for Formatting SEO-Friendly URLs?

Does anybody know what the best SEO practice and most effective format for URLs is currently? All lowercase or mixed case? Example: http://www.mysite.com/What-is-My-Site/ OR ...
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Why is it preferable to use paths with slashes instead of query-string variables in a web page URL?

Why is it preferable to use paths with slashes instead of query-string variables in a web page URL?
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Are shorter URLS better for SEO?

Many people shorten their URLs. But as per my understanding it creates overhead of extra redirection, other can not guess about the target article with their url, and it should be less friendly for ...
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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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To change URL to user friendly URL

I'm refactoring my ASP.net application from ASP.net 3.5 to 4.0. Also I'm changing the URLs to user friendly URLs /product.aspx?id=100 to /product-name/100. All my pages are indexed by search engines ...
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How can URLs have a dot . at the end, e.g. www.bla.de.?

I never believed URLs could have a period at the end, as in www.google.de. (which obvious is not working). However, www.youtu.be. is working perfectly well. How did they manage that?
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What does the double slash mean in URLs?

What does the double slash mean ? (I'm not referring to the beginning right after http:). For example: http://www.imywebsite.gov/sectionA/sectionB//section/page/
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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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Which of these 3 URL-Rewritings are better SEO friendly URLs?

Imagine my current flat-file no-CMS website with an URL like http://website.com/en/tomato. This is of course very unsexy and could be anything really from tomato soup, tomato the music band, tomato ...
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URL paths and their effect on SEO

We are developing a website where there will be two distinct types of content: galleries and photos. It makes little sense to use URL paths like /gallery/photo as some photos can appear in more than ...
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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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Do keyword-based filenames and URLs really matter?

We've developed a dynamic web application which uses URLs such as product.cfm?id=42 but our marketing team says we should use search friendly URLs and put our keywords into the URLs (so it would be ...
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Can I legally get hold of a domain name for which I hold a trademark?

I currently have a classified ads domain in the .co.uk extension (say piggybank.co.uk). I am about to register the website and its name as a trademark. There's also a website with the same name in ...
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Multi Language URLs

I'm building an online store that will be supported in 3 languages: English, Traditional Chinese, and Simplified Chinese. My question is whether or not it is a good idea to make language specific ...
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Hide a Subdomain from Google/Search Engine SEO Result?

I have a subomain which I do not want to be listed in any search engine result. Let say I have: http://www.example.com http://child.example.com How can I hide all URLs of child.example.com domain ...
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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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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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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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How to hide website's real address

I'm building a website for public use. It's a sharing website - everyone is allowed to download specific content, but I want to make sure nobody knows where all the files are kept, so I've decided ...
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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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Do Google sitemap URLs need to be double urlencoded?

Do Google sitemap URLs need to be double urlencoded? I am submitting my sitemaps to Google and Google is having difficulty navigating to URLs that contain urlencoded characters. An example of a ...
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Search Engine Friendly URLs with Query String

I have content that can be accessed from various ways. For example my content is reviews and I have three type of reviews: /customer-reviews/11/slug.html /third-party-reviews/11/slug.html ...
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How do I point a new domain to start on a page that's not index.html on separate hosting?

I'm using a service (CMS/Host) called SquareSpace to host my site, and today I'm registering the domain for it. Basically, how do I make it so when somebody types www.tedxoxford.com it points at ...
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Why are extensions often hidden on URLs?

Many times I see that URL extensions are hidden (e.g. .html, .php), but not all websites do this. Why do webmasters hide the extension? Is it for security, for the URL to look cleaner, or for some ...
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How to handle canonical url changes like Stack Overflow

Stack Overflow sites all have pretty urls which include the question title. In the HTML it also have canonical url for that page. I just found out that when I change the question title, the url is ...
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Are there any technical issues with having an 'internationalized' domain name?

In my language there are numerous characters that are not allowed in the standard domain name. However, most of these can be easily replaced with safe equivalents (mostly dropping accents í becomes i ...
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Combine websites without hurting SEO

I have a friend that I'm helping out with some web design. Basically, the guy owns a few businesses that are all complementary of each other and he wants to combine them all into a single site. ...
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What is the purpose of leading slash in HTML URLs?

I have noticed that some blogs posts have links using a value starting with / in the href. For example: <a href="/somedir/somepage.html">My Page</a> Does the leading / mean the path is ...
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URL for separate mobile site

I've had a look through this site and found several similar questions but none which address my current needs. Normally I create responsive sites but on occasion I will create a 'desktop' and a ...
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I want to run a URL shortener for my own usage, what do I need to do?

I am tired of using external URL shorteners, my favorite "tr.im" went out of business. I know there are some that will do reporting for me, but I want to run my own, so I can see the usage myself, for ...