Questions tagged [url]

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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After changing URLs, how do I clear the old URLs out of Google Search Console?

I've recently changed the url structure of my site for SEO purposes from... example.com/this_is_the_page ...to... example.com/this-is-the-page The sitemap.xml is up to date and Google Search Console ...
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Will updating the page title without changing the URL hurt SEO?

I have a website and I want to update some titles of its pages, e.g. "White wine" i want to change to "French White Wine", but I do not want to change URL, i.e. I would prefer to ...
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Change URL in pagination without refresh but detectable by Google

We have a pagination. Right now we use buttons for the next, previous and page numbers in the pagination. But since we change the page number in in an onclick of a button and the Google bot doesn't ...
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Page number in url: static url or query param to make it seo friendly? [closed]

What is better for a url for pagination in SEO aspect? Query params or static? example: domain.com/books/1/ or domain.com/books/?page=1 I saw that all examples in google best practices articles ...
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What does a double slash in the URL path mean?

What do double slashes often found in URLs mean? For example: http://www.example.com/A/B//C/ Please note: I'm not referring to the beginning right after http:.
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Does Google care about query string case sensitivity, and also does it care about correctness of casing?

Consider these two query string parameters: ?category=healthAndBeauty ?category=healthandbeauty Does Google differentiate them? What is Google's behavior if it finds both of them in my website for a ...
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Can I hide domain.tld for a specific subfolder and show IP:PORT instead (Caddy webserver)? [migrated]

I use my personal website when testing web applications before they are mature enough to go in production on a dedicated server/website (distinct from my own). I am not a professional though, these ...
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Do crawlers/bots treat the normal url and the uri encoded uri as the same for page ranking?

We want to start uri encoding using encodeURI() our URLs during 301 redirect handling on our server. We have to handle special characters in other languages. We want to make sure that we don't ...
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Why is my page title appearing in lower case on Google?

My page title, in google search results is now in lower case, with the exception of our company name. The title tag is in title case: <title>Free Mobile Home Value - Used Mobile Home Book Values&...
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Question regarding Sitemap value in a robots.txt file, and the lines of a txt sitemap

I have two related questions. To start, in a robots.txt file can you just put the following for sitemap: Sitemap: www.example.com Or do you have to have: Sitemap: http://www.example.com or Sitemap: ...
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Google bot does not access the site every time in https [closed]

the google bot does not always access my sites when the URL is https, half of the times the site is accessed correctly and has the mobile friendly credential and the other half of the times the URL is ...
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Can I use asterisks in URLs?

Are there any reasons I shouldn't use an asterisk (*) in a URL? Background: With asterisks, I could provide these nice and user friendly (or what do you think??) URLs: example.com/some/folder/...
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Browser appends a '?' to links on page, but the '?' does not appear in the source [closed]

I'm a little puzzled with the following problem: When I hover over a link a WordPress site I'm looking after, I can see that the URL is https://xxxxxxx.com/apply-now/? All the links on the page have ...
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Is crawl budget and link juice being wasted to URLs with hashes?

On my site I have internal links to URLs with hashes in them, like this one: https://example.com/page.html#music https://example.com/page.html#music has canonical tag with URL pointing to https://...
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UUID or SLUG first in the url for better ranking? Does it change with canonicals?

I'm faced with a decision with creating my paths and not sure which would have the best ranking approach. example.com/product/[slug]-[uuid] example.com/product/[uuid]-[slug] example.com/product/[slug]...
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Multiple Domains for 1 Website/Folder & CNAME

I have 2 domains which I would like to point to 1 website/location. The website is a brand created DAM with filecamp.com. So we have created testdam.filecamp.com (for example purposes). This will be ...
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URLs: Should I use hyphens, underscores or plus symbols?

Which is better for search engines? example.com/my_cool_page.html example.com/my-cool-page.html example.com/my+cool+page.html
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Is some version of IE9 lowercasing URLs?

I have some pages that require a case sensitive input in the URL. Like /page/MT with 'MT' being the param. I've noticed lots of error reports lately where 'MT' is converted to 'mt', which is ...
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Google didn't update the search results after changing a URL with a permanent redirect

I have a simple personal webpage which I use to list my publications and link the corresponding PDFs (I work in academia). Until now, this webpage was hosted by my university: http(s)://...
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Is it a good or a bad SEO practice to create a same URL with different directory?

We have a website with many different modules. Currently we are trying to implement the "Related Questions" SERP Feature for our FAQs page. Eg: There are two pages example.com/xyzservice.htm & ...
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Should the URL in the "SeekToAction" Video Schema point to your own site or can it point to Vimeo, Youtube, or another video host?

Google recently launched "SeektoAction" as an addition to the Video Schema, however, what URL you add is not clear. Here is their example: "@type": "SeekToAction", "...
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How can I use Google AdSense on pages that are built dynamically based on user input?

I am trying to display ads on my web pages that have dynamic query parameters. E.g: https://app.example.com/converter?python2code=print%20g&python3code=print(g). Here the ?python2code=print%20g&...
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Redirect in .htaccess when page numbers are both in a query parameter and in the path

My blog is creating duplicate pagination, and Google understands this as duplicate content. How to 301 redirect pagination as in the following examples? https://example.com/page/33?page=34 to: https:/...
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Using robots.txt to block sessionID URLs

I've got a problem with Googlebot literally crawling millions of URLs that are the same, because ";jsessionid" keeps getting inserted into the URL (something I cannot change due to the work ...
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Is translating an URI completely a good idea?

Today I received a request to translate the URIs of the site I was developing. I am not convinced about the suggested approach because it seems to me error prone. Is translating URI paths a common ...
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When changing domains and renaming pages are redirects really necessary? How long do they need to be in place?

Recently I moved a medium sized site from a domain to another. During the migration the structure of the site (page name/page dependency) changes but site data does not change. I was advised to ...
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For language URLs, should the default language gets its own subdirectory or take the document root?

I'm new in the i18n world, searching online the best structure to deploy my i18n website, I've found two solutions with the subdirectory model: Every language in /locale_code Default language in / ...
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nginx https ip address to domain redirect

My website is pretty messed up: it shows up as an IP address in the google search results (https). I want to redirect this to my domain, but when I couldn't figure out how to redirect https to my ...
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Best form for URLs: file-name.html or /file-name/

Running a Nibbler analysis on a static website I just built, I got the following feedback: Avoid use of file extensions wherever possible. File extensions appear at the end of web addresses, and have ...
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Google Analytics: the impact of "Website's URL" in View settings when using a filter to combine path and hostname

I have a Google Analytics view that combines traffic to multiple subdomains. It has an advanced filter set up to view full page URL in reports. As expected when using this filter, when I go to ...
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Should I use redirects or create multiple URLs?

I have the scenario where two links should redirect to the same page, similar to the case of Wikipedia where https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ both point to ...
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Canonical after updating to pretty urls

I just updated my site to use pretty URL structures. Old URL: https://digimoncard.io/deck/?deckid=1241 New URL: https://digimoncard.io/deck/green-otk-1241 I've set up my SEO like so: <meta ...
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Does using relative base url href="./second-page" instead of hard coding URL href="https://www.example.com/second-page" affect SEO?

I have created a website recently and was checking if google has indexed my website on google console. My home page is indexed but my other leaf pages connected to my home page are not indexed yet. &...
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Can hashbang (#!) URLs be used to SEO attack a website?

Apparently Google indexes hashbang URLs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDs-MufuiAg Can an attacker link to another website with fictitious hashbang-URLs and use it to hurt that website (if the ...
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What is good URI design?

How should a good URI be designed? What are the factors to consider? What are the pros and cons of the variants? Factors that makes up a good URI Stability over time Short Give the user an idea what ...
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Mixed English and Arabic URLs recommended format [duplicate]

I have a global brand that needs localization. I have a single .com domain name, with different language versions in separate directories. Example: domain.com/en/ domain.com/fr/ domain.com/ar/ We're ...
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Must the image url in a sitemap file begin with the same domain the file is stored on?

I remember when making a sitemap, all URLs defined in between <loc> and </loc> must be part of the same domain as the domain the file is stored on. For example, I can use this line in my ...
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sitemap submission error [closed]

I am facing the issue of a sitemap error in the google search console. I have submitted the sitemap manually in the search console and submission was successful but further, it is not discovering URLs ...
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Does a site's URL structure need to match its breadcrumb structure?

I'm working on a site where currently almost all pages have URLs like: http://example.com/page regardless of the underlying directory structure of the site. For example in that page the breadcrumb is ...
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Should I redirect "ugly" URL to friendly URL?

I use mod_rewrite to rewrite https://example.com/?page=some-page&tab=2 to https://example.com/articles/some-page/2. But people can still access both URLs. I want to know: should I redirect the "...
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Which pages get their own canonical URLs?

I am currently working to improve my site's SEO and I need to use canonical URLs. My doubt is related to which pages need to be canonical. I know for sure that my root home page needs its own ...
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Should I use a file extension or not?

I've always wondered about this and never found a good solution. But this question reminded me of it. When I have a URL on my website it can be displayed and accessed any of the following ways: ...
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How do I find when an URL was first indexed by Google?

How do I find out when a particular URL was first indexed by Google? I'd prefer a solution that works even for competitors' URLs that are not owned by me.
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Infinite Scroll with changing URL, Good or Bad for SEO?

I have a website, image gallery, with 10s of thousands of images. When a user makes a request to the website www.example.com he is returned with a paginated results, lets say 20 images. When the user ...
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Streaming audio from a webpage

I want to be able to stream audio from another webpage through mine, but i do not know how to find the url for each audio file located on a separate webpage. It would also be extremely helpful to do ...
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Wordpress posts with /subdirectory/ in their url, good idea?

so from what I have seen there there are two ways to do this?! Install wordpress in a separate subdirectory Or Create permalinks. Why are permalinks a bad idea? A lot of people say that....
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Multilingual website proper url, how should it look like? [duplicate]

Tell me which option is a proper option and if any of these options has some serious flaw that one should avoid at all costs English website root folder installed main websie www.mainsite.com subsite ...
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Migrating multisite subsite to a subdirectory WHILE it's content is stored in S3 bucket! Is this hard to do?

So I have installed wordpress multisite in the root directory. Created the main site and a subsite. Images a and content are stored in an S3 bucket. Now once I decide to migrate the subsite somewhere ...
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Is a subdomain home page URL with a trailing slash equivalent to without?

For pesky trailing slashes at the end of URLs, example.com and example.com/ are equivalent. What about subdomain homepages such as support.example.com and support.example.com/? Is it the same rule?
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Canonical URL for a home page and trailing slashes

My home page could be potentially linked as: http://example.com http://example.com/ http://example.com/?ref=1 http://example.com/index.html http://example.com/index.html?ref=2 (the same page is ...

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