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If I have a domain with the URL example.com/section-1/abc, should there also be a dedicated web page for example.com/section-1 from a SEO point of view?

Assume that there is no bread crumb navigation or any links to this page.

marked as duplicate by unor, Stephen Ostermiller seo Dec 15 '18 at 14:48

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    it is highly depending of the site nature and goals – Evgeniy Dec 13 '18 at 16:08

Not necessarily. I have directories on almost every site I build that have empty index pages to prevent people from poking around. Example: 'localhost/mysite/images/' contains an index.php that will redirect them to 'localhost/mysite/'. It's a silly little thing, but SEO really doesn't need to sort through all of my images. And I certainly wouldn't want to give anyone access to a member directory, or one where I store my databases.


Google recommends to “Consider organizing your content so that URLs are constructed logically”. So, for example, having such a URL example.com/news/astronomy/we-are-not-alone, for me it would be illogical not to have such pages as example.com/news/astronomy or example.com/news (personally, I quite often delete some parts of the URL to go to the parent directory). Also, in this case it would be a mistake not to receive some traffic for “News” or “Astronomy News” search queries.


Users might expect a given sub-URL-path to resolve to a valid page, but search engines (SEO) have no reason to expect this. Search engines "discover" URLs by crawling, they are not in the habit of "guessing".

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    Google is most certainly in the habit of guessing URLs. It uses the most ridiculous heuristics including looking for Strings in JavaScript that look like they might be URLs. I believe Googlebot also tries to crawl parent directories. I often see it index directory listings even when there are no direct links to the directory itself, only to files within it. – Stephen Ostermiller Dec 14 '18 at 2:43
  • I can see googlebot in my logs going to pages that it could only have gotten to by guessing – aris Jan 23 at 2:53

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