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Scott Mitchell, author of several books and founder of 4GuysFromRolla.com, has been working with Microsoft Web technologies since 1998. Scott works as an independent consultant, trainer, and writer.

He can be reached at mitchell@4guysfromrolla.com or via his blog, which can be found at http://ScottOnWriting.NET.


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awarded  Yearling
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comment Is it ok to have case-insensitive URI?
I agree that having duplicate URLs is not a good thing when it comes to SEO, but you can mitigate that problem by specifying a canonical URL via the <link rel="canonical"> tag, as discussed here: googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com/2009/02/…
Nov
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comment SEO and Changeable-But-Optional URL's
@Lotus Notes: I would think that the canonical URL should contain only the question ID and not the title. (I don't work for StackExchange, just a fan, so I have no say how it's implemented! <g>) My guess is that they want the URL displayed in the search results to show up with the title. There would probably be a slight hit to the PR when the title is edited and the canonical URL changes, but the original URL is still valid and will now point to the new canonical one, so the PR damage would likely be short lived.
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awarded  Editor
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revised SEO and Changeable-But-Optional URL's
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answered SEO and Changeable-But-Optional URL's
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awarded  Supporter
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comment Using rel=canonical with syndication
@Jeff, is a link "arbitrary" if it is made by someone with a certain rep? Are you telling me you don't trust the links posted by Jon Skeet? :-p
Oct
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comment Using rel=canonical with syndication
@Jeff, I'm talking about the links in a Stackoverflow answer. For example, if I do a view/source on this very page I see the links in your answer (such as the one to YouTube) have rel="nofollow". I presume this is to dissuade spammers but at the same time it seems like you're missing an opportunity to improve the relevancy of search results for others, not to mention not "giving credit" (in Google's eyes) to the person who wrote the article/blog entry/etc. that is being linked to.
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comment Using rel=canonical with syndication
@Jeff: On a slight tangent, one thing that has bugged me is that links in a Stackoverflow answer have rel="nofollow". Shouldn't users with a certain rep get the benefit of no rel="nofollow" to the links they post?
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comment Using rel=canonical with syndication
I'd also suggest reading Jeff's blog entry on this topic, Defending Attribution Required - blog.stackoverflow.com/2010/08/defending-attribution-required
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awarded  Teacher
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answered What is good URI design?
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answered Removing non-www support
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awarded  Autobiographer
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answered Is there a way to take credit cards on my website without needing a merchant account/payment gateway?
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answered How do you backup your websites?