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Google seems to put very little weight on how a URL is structured right now. You can confirm this by doing any Google search and looking at the URLs that are ranking. You are just as likely to see any of these styles: Exact match domain: www.keyword-phrase.com Exact keyword path: example.com/keyword-phrase Lots of directories: ...


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These are no resources which get usually accessed by the browser but simply a fancy way to declare a name space, i.e. all SVG images share the same XML name space which is defined by the URL and same with xlink. This means you should treat any of these xmlns just as some kind of special string and leave them unchanged.


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I would consider removing "knowledge-base/category-name/" from your URL altogether. Those aren't helping SEO, they are only making your URLs longer, harder to remember, and harder to type. Keywords in the URL path are a very minor ranking factor now. Your article name is going to have plenty of keywords anyway. Without the category name in the URL, ...


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The right way to avoid SEO duplicates is to use a canonical URL for each page. So your article could show in as many categories as you'd want and the canonical URL would be set to the URL of the article itself. Here are Google results which might help you implement this: ...


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Google does not display http://, it does however display https:// and does this to indicate to users that the site uses SSL. Sites that do not force SSL will display with no protocol. Google is pushing for SSL to become the standard while it has users security in mind but it is also my opinion that they have an agenda behind this... because when all search ...


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This related thread, Well structured URLs vs. URLs optimized for SEO , explains it pretty well. My understanding is that the URL will have a slight SEO effect depending on how users tend to search for content on your site but a logic site structure that is easy to update (as websites rarely are static) could perhaps be more valuable than the SEO advantage... ...


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Humans can get confused/irritated by deep hierarchies. Be kind to your users. Google Analytics only analyzes (breaks up) the first 4 path parts You know that geographies aren't really hierarchical right? What continent is Turkey in? What state is Texarkana in? You should use a hyphen to break up words in URLs.


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Google has far too many PhDs on their payroll to think that you have one over on them and they haven't thought of this already. They can read your javascript, too. Any attempt to cloak in any way will let you screw yourself and not by Google.


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Your "SEO expert" might be a lying bastard, but this probably isn't the reason. He's absolutely right about this. This is a little known edge case in URL construction. RFC 3986 is the official definition of the URL format and rules on how to encode and decode URL. Any URL parser should be following this as closely as possible to avoid errors and be ...


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The answer is not completely straightforward. SEO has to be linked to user experience and to the business needs of the site. Don't do things just for SEO purposes, but think of SEO together with UX and architecture. When it comes to URL structure, I always tell clients to keep URLs as similar as possible to the user path through the site. They should show ...


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They will do it for specific arguments only. Querystrings are are part of a unique URL. So example.com/index.php?ID=someID is a completely different URL than site.com/index.php?ID=someID2 to search engines. They make run off the same code but that means nothing to search engines (or users). So you can redirect some and not others as your business ...


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A site needs to exist for a while and get popular before Google will recommend it for its brand name and URL. The good news is that Google is indexing your site and will show it in search results in "verbatim" mode: This indicates that Google knows about the website and will show it if you say "I really mean what I'm searching for, don't show me synonyms ...


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Technically, a URL can be 2083 characters long but some say the real limit is 2000. I am not about to test this. Okay. Not what you are looking for? Remember that there is a lot of advice out there some of it very real, some silly as [redacted], and some culled completely from the dark smelly nether-regions (you know... New Jersey!). The practical reality ...


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I would go for the first set but without dining in last 3. However, you need to take care of the technical side. example.com/dining (HUB for all dining) example.com/restaurants (HUB specifically for restaurants) example.com/cafes (HUB specifically for cafes) example.com/restaurants/red-onion-club (actual page for that venue)


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It looks like you're trying to change the destination of the page via javascript. I agree with the answer and comments above. Just don't do this act unless of course you're playing around with javascript on your own private server. This is how you should make your link: <a href="example.com">Some link</a> That's all. No javascript required.


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As far as I'm aware Google Play Music only supports sharing URLS rather than embedding to equal that offered by YouTube and other Google services. There is no official API library either but some people have made there own, but be careful as you need to ensure that it doesn't break there terms of use.


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I think you might want to go to a link like this: // Close to domain: http://www.example.com/article-name // Or, alternatively, add a 'prefix' (e.g.: /blog/article, or /products/article): http://www.example.com/articles/article-name This will improve the SEO power of the url, because it's a lot shorter, and the relevant part (article-name) is closer to ...


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Using a lot of "/" in url is not good for SEO optimization. Not true. And, even if it was, you won't need a lot for this to be an issue. You can solve this by putting differentiating information in the URLs of locations that occur in more than one country, or in the US, state. You can put the differentiating information in the URL and appear as a ...


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There is one case in which a trailing slash will help with search engine optimization (SEO). That is the case that your document has what appears to be a file extension that is not .html. This becomes an issue with sites that are rating websites. They might choose between these two urls: http://mysite.example.com/rated.example.com ...


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URL's with and without slashes are treated as two different URL's. Its absolutely essential that you fix this to avoid duplicate content problems. Generally, this affects the whole site, as every page has a duplicate. Standardize site wide URL's Use 301 redirects or canonicalization to fix URL's Do an internal link audit to make sure there are no ...



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