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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Adding links: can I use //domain (double slash) for both https:// and http://

We are moving to https soon. I understand that it is smart to use //domain.com links and images src references. Does the browser then first try https? and if not found http? Is this supported by ...
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Where is the best place for page's ID in a user friendly URL?

I searched within the site but none where addressing exactly my question, So I ask it here: Which one of these structures for a user-friendly url is the best with regards to search engines and user ...
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Domain on NameCheap, Hosting on GoDaddy: Redirect Loop

I tried searching, but since I'm pretty new to networking I may not have used to right keywords, so I apologize if I missed the answer. My friend owns a domain friendsmusic.com and I have hosting at ...
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Should I avoid using brackets in my URL?

I'm using a (very good) developer in Ukraine and he insists on using brackets in the URL of my search query. (I can't remember why) ...
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Should URL paths be case sensitive?

My website's URLs are currently case-insensitive. For example, both of the following links show the exact same page: http://example.com/about http://example.com/About However, taking a look at the ...
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Does a link to your site with a URL parameter pass link juice?

If I link to http://example.com/?id=344, will that still provide link juice to example.com? Or will it provide link juice only to http://example.com/?id=344, which might have a link to example.com ...
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URL rewrite rule need help [duplicate]

I am new to this concept. I am planning to do the following rewrite rule in IIS using url rewrite www.example.com/abc/ to www.example.com/test/test.aspx Please help in creating a rewrite rule. ...
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SEO URL, Category vs Location Priority

We are building a website for listing out brand information. As a reference it is comparable to yelp.com. Basically a brand will belong to a category and an area. From SEO point of view what will be ...
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Do bookmarks inside a document help search engines indexing content?

Say someone implements a FAQ page and decides to use bookmarks in their page, for example: <a id="Question2"></a><h2>My faq question 2?</h2> Does it help search engines ...
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Is a masked url re-direct hurting our rankings

I would like to know if a domain which we purchased and is re-directed to our main site is hurting seo. The forwarded url is being masked (and there is no way to turn this off). So say our main site ...
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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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How should cross site canonical meta links be placed? Should they be different per page and should they go on the canonical domain itself?

I have a website available via www.mydomain.com that is also available via svr7464z.vps.hostingcompanycom. The content is 100% identical, it's a mirror. I don't want search engines to know about ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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URL Rewrite with spaces or with -?

Which URL is more SEO? mydomain.com/category-name/article-name.html OR mydomain.com/category name/article name.html I have read some articles about URL Rewriting but there I can't find any ...
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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 ...
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Do short URLs like goo.gl, bitly etc. affect your website ranking? [duplicate]

I need to know whether using short URLs to back-link to pages affects your website ranking in the Google search results.
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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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When is a URL encoded?

When there are spaces in a URL like http://example.com/this is not url enocoded it is obvious, that the URL will end up as http://example.com/this%20is%20not%20url%20encoded When and what will ...
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URLs created by Googlebot show up as 404 errors

I have a situation where Google is crawling our site. That is fine, no problem, but the issue is that the crawler is creating URL paths that do not exist. /events is a root folder on our site. ...
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Domain name name repeated in the URL — what is wrong with my Joomla/nginx setup?

I have a joomla site being served from an nginx server with the following config server { listen 80; server_name heftpathology.com; server_name_in_redirect off; access_log ...
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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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Protect a URL from being used in an iFrame except on a single site

I need to pass URLs to a client and they would embed those URLs on their site within an Iframe. I was wondering what's stopping the user(who is visiting the client site) from copying the URL from the ...
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Most invariant URI to refer to a HTML5 element from w3.org?

If one is in a situation where you are required to use a URI (simple strings would not do)...how would you refer to the concept of an HTML5 element ("div", "li", etc.)? As a starting point for what ...
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When changing hosting, how to see files served from the new server

domain example.com is running on a server A. Then I changed host to the server B. Now when I open URL example.com, I still see the files from host A. But I want the files from host B.
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Does .html extension in URL help for SEO? [duplicate]

I am working on dotNET and I have changed URL extension from .aspx to .html. Is it good to use .html extension ? My actual URL is www.example.com/Project.aspx?Id=2&Type=this-is-something I have ...
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Where is this traffic coming from, and how can I block it in Google Analytics?

We're seeing Google Analytics report a huge amount of hits and large drop rate on some of our pages, but investigating this further reveals more questions than answers. For instance, one page is ...
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What is the meaning of this sitemap error in Google Webmaster Tools?

In my Google Webmaster Tools, I received an error which I am not understanding: When we tested a sample of the URLs from your Sitemap, we found that some of the URLs were unreachable. Please check ...
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Can I restart my WordPress site without using a different domain name?

I'm getting problems with crawling my site in Google Webmasters Tools. I'm seeing weird URLs that end with my domain, like: /tag/sugar/www.k2ost.com /tag/melody-day/www.k2ost.com and also like ...
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Structuring URLs of an online shop for SEO

I have an online store with categories that have a tree structure (meaning they can be nested inside other categories) and products inside these categories. What is the best way to structure the URLs ...