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Session Id's And Incoming Links

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#1 Orpheus Descending

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Posted 03 April 2009 - 11:27 AM

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I have a client who has an archane web server (I mean middle ages) that creates all of their web pages with session ID's. They have been able to create some static URL's that redirect to the session ID's which is a work around for some other issues. I am trying to create an internal link structure for them and am concerned that incoming links might be useless. I have been told that links going from these pages will be useless (which is fine), but will incoming links bring the SEO link juice? If incoming links won't do any good if they link directly to the session ID pages, would linking to the static URL's that redirect do any good? Also, does optimising title tags, meta descriptions and alt tags on session pages make any difference? I haven't had the pleasure of working with session ID's before and am a bit in the dark with this.

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Posted 03 April 2009 - 04:14 PM

Is there a reason they need the Session IDs OD? If not, I'd try to get rid of them.

If you're talking a php site on typical Linux/Apache that's producing PHP Sessions you should be able to set this in the .htaccess with:

php_value session.use_trans_sid 0
php_value sessinon.use_only_cookies 1

The above doesn't really get rid of sessions, it just forces them into a cookie. And is only for php produced sessions.

If it comes down to sessions being needed you're left with two options. You can either detect the spiders (in the .htaccess or at the script level) and supply a 301 redirect when a spider hits a page with the session id query, or for Google at least you should be able to use their new Canonical meta instruction. The last one is so new I've not had a chance to test it to see if it actually works. But that's what they put it out there for.

If you want to PM over the url I'll take a look and see if anything jumps out at me. It usually helps to see exactly what's happening.

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