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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Why treat these as URLs with different path capitalization and trailing slash as different?

These are all strictly different urls: http://www.example.com/page http://www.example.com/pAge http://www.example.com/page/ http://www.example.com/paGE/ I get that it conforms to the strict ISO ...
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Why are YouTube URLs so ugly?

I'm just wondering why YouTube URL is so ugly (i.e unreadable and not friendly to search engines). Why they don't care about SEO? My friend said that it's because they are the top website now. But how ...
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WWW.example.com or HTTP://example.com – which one is futureproof?

http://example.com www.example.com http://www.example.com example.com Which of these would you choose as your favourite to work with from 2016 onward? Which domain name would you mention to your ...
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Is it a problem (e.g. for Google) when my site has no root page?

I have a multi-lingual site, which contains languages in this manner: http://www.example.com/en/ http://www.example.com/de/ http://www.example.com/fr/ To avoid duplicate links, is it ok not to have ...
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How do I handle the URL of an article that sits in more than one category

In our knowledge base (hosted in Wordpress) we have one article that is relevant to 2 categories. I do not want to duplicate the article and have it sitting separately in each category for fear of ...
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Is it bad to use parentheses in a URL

Is it bad to use parentheses within a site's URLs? For example in my site, I have broken a three part article as such: www.example.com/article-on-some-subject-(part-1-abc) www.example.com/article-on-...
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Should I translate URL for better SEO?

I have a website about TV shows, that for default (EN) pages, it's like this: example.com/en/show/actors example.com/en/show/episodes The site is localized in different languages, and I was ...
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Squeezing all the SEO out of a URL as possible

I am working on an ecommerce site, I told our SEO consultant that I plan to make the URL scheme: /products/<id>/<name>. This is similar to Stackoverflow's URLs which are /questions/<id&...
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Poor Man's Clean URLs vs. Mod_Rewrite

At the company where I work, we're getting ready to design a new web site, and there's some disagreement about how to do clean URLs. Over the past year we've been making small improvements to our ...
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Is a trailing slash appropriate before URL parameters?

I understand that http://www.example.com/product and http://www.example.com/product/ can actually be seen as 2 different URLs and is probably best avoided for SEO purposes, but how does this ...
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When the canonical page itself changes URL

This is a continuation of the question: How to handle canonical URL changes like Stack Overflow. Say I have the canon URL: questions/11/car <---canonically-linked-from--- questions/11/ What ...
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Can an HTTP status 400 be a substitute for a 410?

As I shift many URL's on my site from non-friendly to friendly, I came across an old URL that was used for testing that google later ended up scanning but now I no longer use the URL. Its in the ...
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Would it be better to use subdomains or folders when each client needs a section of the site?

I'm working on a services type web application and I have to choose how to set up the URLs for the customers. Which solution is better, as a subdomain (e.g.: client.myservice.com) or as a folder (e.g.:...
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How do websites share the same IP address?

I have always been confused by the idea that multiple websites sharing the same IP address. I mean if there is a webserver out there that has an IP address. I can simply key in this IP address with ...
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In a URI, what does the suffix “.do” stand for?

I see URI ending in ".do" on some enterprise websites. I've always been curious to know what that stands for, but my Google searches have so far not turned up an answer. Here is an example from ATT ...
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Are shorter URLS better for SEO?

Many people shorten their URLs. But as per my understanding it creates overhead of extra redirection, other can not guess about the target article with their url, and it should be less friendly for "...
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How to redirect any URL to lowercase URL?

I am using: <IfModule mod_rewrite.c> Options +FollowSymLinks RewriteEngine On RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^example\.com [NC] RewriteRule (.*) http://example.com/$1 [L,R=301] <...
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Does itemprop have a different meaning on links vs. span tags?

I'm using Schema.org markup for a Person, but I get inconsistent results in Google's Rich Snippet Testing Tool when using an <a> tag vs. a <span> tag. Take these two examples: <span ...
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Usage of comma in URL: encoded or not encoded

Even have seen a page, where in the same url were both of enocoded and not encoded commas, like: https://example.com/product?filter_color:blue,green&filter_size:xl%2Cxxl My knowledge about the ...
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Is there a way to bulk submit URLs to Fetch as Google?

Google is taking a while to re-index changes I have made to thousands of pages, so I want to use Fetch as Google to give it a prompt. However, you can only enter 1 URL at a time as standard. Is there ...
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SEO and Changeable-But-Optional URL's

Is there any sort of downside for a URL being changeable? Take any stack exchange question for example. The URL looks something like this: webmasters.stackexchange.com/questions/3079/should-i-use-a-...
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Include full category hierarchy in URL or only the “leaf”?

I am currently redesigning a site that organizes information into categories. Some of these categories contain subcategories (and some of those contain even more subcategories). I'm trying to decide ...
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SEO impact of using non-Latin characters in URL

Is there a negative SEO impact if I use non-Latin characters in my URL? For example, suppose I want to have a page about sweets. I am targeting the keyword お菓子 which is in Japanese. Should I go for ...
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For SEO, should the path portion of the URL be localized?

I have a site that have localized content. I would like to know if it's really important to also translate the URL paths to access the content. For example: Today, I'm handling the URLS like these: ...
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Are images with non-standard extensions (such as “.ashx”, instead of “.png” or “.jpg”) bad for SEO?

Certain CMS' running on IIS like Sitecore do not give image files appropriate file formats like .png or .jpg by default, but instead link to images as: <img src="/media/Some Folder/EX-IMG.ashx" ...
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Friendly URLs: is there a max length for search engines?

People from stackoverflow have been working closely with google team to help them make the panda algorithm more efficient, so I guess they've learned a lot from the google team. Thus they may have ...
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Should URLs in the sitemap contain the slug?

I'm coding the sitemap logic of my side-project blogging platform and I would like to know if omitting the slug in the <loc> nodes of the sitemap. Could be a problem for the crawlers. Having ...
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How can I force Google to show my domain, not my IP?

I submitted a site to Google using their tool. At the time I didn't actually have a domain for the site, so I just used the IP address. Later I bought a domain, but Google still seem to be showing ...
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My website accepts anything infront of www.domain.com

I'm experiencing something very strange. Whatever I type in the browser like for instance: qqqqq.mydomain.com the homepage loads. There is even a URL indexed in google which goes something like this:...
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How to remove trailing slashes from URL with .htaccess?

The situation Across the entire domain, we'd like the URLs to hide file extensions and remove trailing slashes, independent of the domain name itself (as in, works on any domain). Sample of our ...
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What should the maximum length of a filename be, and would that affect SEO?

I am working on an artist's portfolio website. Let's say I want each artwork's image filename to contain its basic information, like so: Category - Artwork Title - Size, Medium, Year.jpg In actual ...
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Why do some domains have a '/' at the end of the home page URL? [duplicate]

I am wondering why some websites have a / at the end of their URL, but others don't. For example: www.google.com/ but then www.khanacademy.org (No /)
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Preserve Facebook comments when the site changes domain name

I'm going to be changing the domain name of one of my sites. I'll use 301 redirects. One thing that I can't figure out is how to preserve all the comments that users have made on the page through ...
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Chrome causing 404's ending with “/cache/[hex-string]/”?

Since the last weeks we see many 404's on our sites caused by Chrome adding /cache/[hex-string]/ to the current page URL. The hex strings we have seen are: e9c5ecc3f9d7fa1291240700c8da0728 ...
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SEO and URL Shorteners

When you have a link from lets say twitter that is t.co/foo that links back to your website how does that effect SEO and how do the major search engines handle Shortened URLs?
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How can I stop search engines from crawling tel links?

I have a site that has a call now button for mobile device to directly dial from the site. This works fine, but I am getting errors on my SEO reporting tool. It is throwing errors for every page that ...
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Are there downsides to using a 301 redirect from a shorter URL on our own domain rather than using a URL shortener service?

Wondering if there are any negative implications to using a redirect on my own domain as a kind as a URL Shortener. I am often asked by folks creating printed documents for "short URLs". My ...
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Adding links: can I use //domain (double slash) for both https:// and http://

We are moving to https soon. I understand that it is smart to use //domain.com links and images src references. Does the browser then first try https? and if not found http? Is this supported by ...
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Process of automating domain registration?

I have a website where users register domain.com/user/username. I'd like to add a feature where users can search for and purchase a domain name that maps back to that URL. I'm not sure how big of a ...
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Does Google index #! (hash bang) URLs?

Just got confused with some blogs as everyone is sure that Google will not index the hash (#) URL but not sure about hash bang (#!) URL. I have seen a "deprecated" doc on Google regarding this, where ...
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robots.txt blocking specific files also block unnecessary URLs

I am using Magento for one of my site. In Magento there is a file mage (no extension file name is mage only) to block this file I write robots.txt as # Files User-agent: * Disallow: /mage But this ...
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I want to run a URL shortener for my own usage, what do I need to do?

I am tired of using external URL shorteners, my favorite "tr.im" went out of business. I know there are some that will do reporting for me, but I want to run my own, so I can see the usage myself, for ...
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How do you remove invalid characters when creating a friendly url (ie how do you create a slug)?

Say I have this webpage: http://ww.xyz.com/Product.aspx?CategoryId=1 If the name of CategoryId=1 is "Dogs" I would like to convert the URL into something like this: http://ww.xyz.com/Products/Dogs ...
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Can keywords in the URL path be separated by commas for Google?

As we know, keywords in the URL are helpful with your SEO, for example, /keyword1-keyword2, or keyword1_keyword2. We know that Google is able to identify the two keywords. However, what if it was ...
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“About” or “About us”? “Contact” or “Contact us”? “Services” or “Our services”?

There are about 5-10 most basic pages that some would say it's a best practice to include them in many sites. These are, for example: About us, Contact us, Our services, Privacy policy, Portfolio, ...
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Why use underscores in URLs with UTMs?

Back in the day (2005), Matt Cutts said "use dashes, not underscores" in URLs. But that was before search engines got smart, and now it seems it doesn't really matter what you use in canonical URLs. ...
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Why are URLs with my domain name at the end showing up in analytics?

I have a multi-language WordPress site that has been live since the last 3 months and today when I checked Analytics, I saw a lot of weird URLs: /menswear-fashion-autumn-winter-2013-2014/www.domain....
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Does URL encoding create duplicate content?

An SEO expert was testing my site, and noticed that my URLs contained the special character :. He said that would create duplicate content, because google would interpret any url containing : as two ...
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Should a canonical URL be search engine friendly?

I'm using Drupal with search engine friendly URLs. The way Drupal works is that there's two ways to reference a node with SEF URLS switched on: The SEF way, eg. http://example.com/blog/the-answer-to-...
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Do I really need to remove special characters in a URL?

I have an FTP account shared with friends where we upload underground music albums and then we use the links to share the downloads in a music forum. The problem is that the album names are in french ...