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One Url, Many Dynamic Iterations Vs. Flat Urls
Posted 20 March 2008 - 11:24 AM
The URL structure on one of my sites currently works in the following way,
Would it be preferable, with regards to search engine ranking factors, to replace them with new URLs, each with their own unique path like,
or would there be no benefit???
As I understand it, a search engine would look at the current URLs as totally separate and unique even though they are dynamic iterations of the root domain URL. I'm wondering whether switching to a flat URL structure would improve SE friendliness.
All advice greatly appreciated.
Posted 20 March 2008 - 12:27 PM
Would maybe look like:
www.domain.com/item.php to the search engine.
Also, they lack keywords in the domain name, which can bring some pluses to your optimizing. There is a risk when using dynamic URLs, the search engines don't like them at all. The static URLS are ranked better in search engines, and they are indexed faster. Its also easier for the common user to understand what the page is about just by looking at the URL, instead itemid he can get the item name in the URL. So, no matter your dynamic urls may look simple, it is always better to be safe and make then looking static.
The only thing you can do is applying a Mod Rewrite which is going to make the dynamic urls look like static. There are also certain URL Rewriting tools on the network, and I also think a thread about this here at Higher Ranking Forums, but I'm a bit lazy to search for it.
Posted 20 March 2008 - 12:31 PM
Either way is perfectly fine to the search engines.
That's simply not true from what I've observed.
Posted 20 March 2008 - 12:49 PM
Unfortunately, I don't have this experience you have, but I have read this here and there.
Posted 20 March 2008 - 12:50 PM
This part is true.
For those reading along and trying to learn please disregard everything else in the above noted post because the rest of the information is simply wrong. On several counts. All of which have already been discussed multiple times in multiple locations in these forums and elsewhere.
Posted 20 March 2008 - 01:46 PM
It would be helpful to everyone if you (and others) who post here (and elsewhere) don't simply post about what you've read elsewhere, but what you actually know to be true.
Posted 20 March 2008 - 11:59 PM
I wish. I am getting very tired of this sheep following the sheppard mentality in SEO lately. Recent PR Sculpting crap is a good example of this.
Posted 25 March 2008 - 05:55 AM
Thanks for the advice, Jill. Just trying to get to the bottom of a indexing issue / suspected penalty on the site and wanted to rule that out.
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