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Should an ID go at the beginning or end of the URL for SEO?

From the SEO prospective, i bet there might be a difference: In you first example, the ID is separated from the title, making it clear to the crawler it is a different resource (as the / character ...
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Should an ID go at the beginning or end of the URL for SEO?

Putting the ID near the beginning of a URL is better than putting it near the end. URLs often get truncated in emails or by CMS systems that show them to users. When the ID is at the end the ...
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Should I redirect "ugly" URL to friendly URL?

It creates duplicate content issue and Search Engines dislike duplicate content. Ugly url MUST be validly redirect to seo friendly URLs to avoid duplicate content/pages issue.
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Should I redirect "ugly" URL to friendly URL?

You only need to redirect the "ugly" URL if you had changed the URL structure and the "ugly" URLs had already been indexed by search engines and/or linked to by third parties. In this case, it is ...
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Should an ID go at the beginning or end of the URL for SEO?

For SEO, I would say an id doesn't permit to easy remember the URL for users. Therefore, no matter on which URL you choose; an id in the middle or at the end of an URL doesn't change anything ...
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How is a slash in the URL path interpreted by search engines?

Search engines see both dashes and slashes as word separators, so they will be able to parse either of your URLs. Traditionally slashes in URL paths represent directory structures. Because of this, ...
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User profile URL design

For the most part, Google doesn't really care how you structure your URLs (as long as they're reasonably stable & crawlable; with the exception of country-targeting). Think about what you'd want ...
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When you use dash as space what do you use for dash?

The URL does not need to contain such level of detail. It is perfectly fine to have the url you propose: example.com/user/freddy-double-barrel for Freddy Double-Barrel. From a SEO point of view, the ...
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Writing clean urls with .htaccess

SOLVED! Thanks to you guys. Solution: # Turn Rewrite Engine On RewriteEngine on # Set the base to /games/ so we need not include it in the rules RewriteBase /games/ #Rewrite for achilles.php?...
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User profile URL design

When having the username at the beginning of the path, you would have to make sure to avoid name clashes with non-user pages (and, for sites that allow custom templates and forms, phishing potentials),...
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Friendly URL's with + instead of - interpreted differently/negatively?

Google cares not one whit. Really. All non-alphanumeric characters are essentially ignored. From a programmers point of view, the URI is parsed and indexed using word boundaries and anything that is ...
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Should I use semantic URLs when they might change from time to time?

Ideally all URL changes would be tracked and you would implement redirects from any old URL to a new URL. Doing so is important so that inbound links to your site don't break and so that search ...
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What should the canonical URL be when users can filter on multiple categories at once?

Two pages should use the same canonical URL only if the contents of the pages are substantially the same. In your case, it doesn't sound like any of your proposed pages will have the same content. ...
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Discrepancy in ScreamingFrog Depth Stats and actual list of URLs

To find the answer, right-click one of the URLs in question and select Export > Crawl Path Report You will then get an excel file that will show you the different URLs it crawled through from the ...
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Discrepancy in ScreamingFrog Depth Stats and actual list of URLs

As it was mentioned in the first answer, look at crawl path. The cause of what you are seeing, is, that on the site there could be different crawl pathes to the same target. You, and the crawler, ...
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Structure homepage path

Having no path is definitely best practice. When people type your domain into their web browser, you will want to immediately show them your homepage without redirecting them. Having your home page ...
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mod-rewrite - sending any URL with ".php/" to 404

example.com/index.php/somefolder/anotherfolder/file/query... Everything after the file index.php in the URL is called "additional pathname information" (or path-info for short). Whether this is valid ...
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Mod Rewrite Multiple Query String

Just a few notes regarding your existing directives: RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-l RewriteRule ^pdfs/([^/]*)/([^/]*)/([^/]*)/([^/]*)$ /pdftools/openpdf.php?...
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SEO URL, Category vs Location Priority

I don't think there is necessarily a right or wrong answer here, but thinking about it logically, if i'm looking for a restaurant, I would most likely be looking for one within a certain local area. ...
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How is a slash in the URL path interpreted by search engines?

As far as a search engine is concerned, either is good. Special characters are completely ignored when indexing. Search engines break any URL/URI into terms using word boundaries (programming term) ...
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How to keep SEO URLs after migrating my website to WordPress?

On WordPress install a plugin to do 301 redirects... Yoast SEO and Redirection plugin both do this. They allow you to input the old URLs, and map them individually to the new URL's. I would advised ...
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Writing clean urls with .htaccess

I have: http://funkygames.co/games/achilles.php?games_path=achilles.swf&category_id=1 I want: http://funkygames.co/games/achilles/achilles/1 or even better: funkygames.co/games/achilles/1 (if that'...
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Should I redirect "ugly" URL to friendly URL?

Much ado is made of optimizing URLs for SEO. However, the real importance of URL shaping is preserving bookmark and external link traffic. Keyword-stuffing URLs is an old, cheap trick, and search ...
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Change the product URL to a directory and drop the PHP to put articles about the product within its URL structure?

I prefer /product/ to product.php. Why? Because it is not file dependent. What if you want to change the file name? Or temporarily use another page for a promotion? Because you could, assuming Apache,...
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Change the product URL to a directory and drop the PHP to put articles about the product within its URL structure?

As has already been mentioned in @closetnoc's answer, the proposed new URL format is preferable to the old one using a .php extension. However, the real question I think here is whether you should "...
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Will lengthening our URLs change how Googlebot crawls our site?

No, it won't. All you need to focus on is to make things easier for the end-user. Everything else doesn't matter anymore. Google's algorithms are very evolved and what's good for the user is good ...
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Will lengthening our URLs change how Googlebot crawls our site?

URL length does not have much impact on how Googlebot crawls. Changing your URLs will have the biggest effect. Googlebot will forever come back and crawl your old URLs. You will need to ...
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Will Google index all the forum topics if they share one PHP file and use URL parameters?

Will Google index all the forum topics if they share one PHP file and use URL parameters? Short answer? Yes. More than one site I had was all parameter driven just like you are suggesting. One with ...
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Repetition Keyword URL Subfolder + Slug?

Slug URLs are a minor ranking factor search engines use when determining a particular page or resource's relevance to a search query. So URLs will give low impact in the ranking. It's just used to ...
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Clean URL's within subdirectories

To my mind, there are two ways to approach this problem. The first way is what you're already doing, i.e., trying to do everything with mod_rewrite. This is totally fine for small, simple projects but ...
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