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My URLs are currently looking like

example.com/products/123/product-name

where 123 is the product ID.

I can make them like

example.com/products/product-name

by saving the URL as unique field in the database, but does it make a real difference for SEO, and is it worth the effort?

I see Webmasters SE (this question URL) uses ID in its URL, but I guess that's because there are a lot of questions with the same title. I don't have a lot of products with the same title, but some have.

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  • Sorry but there is already dozens of questions and answers regarding the use of Product ID SEO and SEF URLS on Pro Webmasters already. Please see webmasters.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/seo+url for even more related questions and answers. Jul 6 '14 at 19:07
  • I guess you found the page i added to the edit but the answer is not about seo else i would really want to get the link to the specific page, also i alrady have the slug friendly title i only remove id i dont add anything like in most questions. Jul 6 '14 at 19:27
  • @bybe that answer has nothing to do with seo only with what looks nice for the visitor and in bookmarks. not seo (search engine optimization) Jul 6 '14 at 20:50
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    Removing it will be little to no gain, words in URL can be come diluted but normally only with other words, no ID's. All big companies with lots of urls use numbers+product (Ebay, Amazon, Stack Exchange and so on..) Jul 6 '14 at 21:58
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    Removing the ID will make no difference at all. It has to do with parsing the URI and weighing keywords. Your ID will basically have no weight therefore it will not dilute the URI as a result since it really will not count as a keyword.
    – closetnoc
    Jul 7 '14 at 4:31

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