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Does Google Dislike Periods In Urls?
Posted 28 November 2003 - 03:50 PM
For example: www.mysite.ca/html/packages/packages_master.cfm?pkg=BON.1.03
We are prepared to remove the periods from the package ids if necessary...I'd prefer to know for fact that this is an issue though :-)
Posted 29 November 2003 - 08:43 PM
Posted 29 November 2003 - 11:28 PM
As I indicated in this thread, there was a problem a few years ago where Google refused to index URLs with a period in the middle of the path. Chris Beasley was one of the first to report this (I think it was on Sitepoint?). The problem was subsequently fixed by Google, but once bitten is twice shy, and most experienced web programmers still avoid using periods in odd places.
Your periods are NOT in the middle of the path, but may represent a new variation of the old bug - one that, perhaps, was not fixed. I honestly don't think that's likely. But I also don't see any other reason your pages wouldn't be indexed and, frankly, even if Google told me I could use periods any old place, I would STILL avoid non-alphanumerical characters in my URLs.
Like I said ... once bitten, twice shy ...
Posted 09 December 2003 - 12:16 PM
A period is a standard character, however having it repeat so many times may be causing issues.
Posted 09 December 2003 - 12:21 PM
Posted 09 December 2003 - 12:26 PM
Posted 09 December 2003 - 02:25 PM
Both instances are almost certainly the result of assumptions being made by the Google programmers. When you see script.cgi somewhere in an URL, what assumptions do YOU make? In the past, the parsing routines assumed there wouldn't be a period in front of the .cgi and that caused a lot of problems. The assumption was changed and the problem was fixed. It now appears, I think, that the parsing routines are assuming there shouldn't be a period AFTER the .cgi, too. When it finds what it wasn't expecting, a period in the parameter query, it chokes.
Posted 10 December 2003 - 12:23 AM
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