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#1 goldjake

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Posted 10 June 2009 - 10:31 AM

i had time to think this over.

I am trying to track urls differently using analytics. I want to see if users convert better or worse if they click on link A (in the nav bar) or link B (in the sidebar). They both go to the same page. If i mark the links with www.e.com/link#A and www.e.com/link#B, I have heard this won't hurt my SEO efforts at all (google will treat both links as if they were pointing to www.e.com/link). Has anyone had experience doing this - will it work and be ok for our SEO strategy?. If i use cannotical tag that matt cutts talked about to get rid of the parameters will that also work and have no effect on my seo because my rankign has greatly improved lately. Thank you all for your help i am averaging great money a day with a lot of your tips.


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Posted 10 June 2009 - 11:42 AM

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If i use cannotical tag that matt cutts talked about to get rid of the parameters will that also work


It won't matter.

The stuff that comes after the hash is not a parameter, so will be completely ignored. Thus there should be no need to use the canonical tag.

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Posted 10 June 2009 - 11:46 AM

QUOTE(Randy @ Jun 10 2009, 12:42 PM) View Post
It won't matter.

The stuff that comes after the hash is not a parameter, so will be completely ignored. Thus there should be no need to use the canonical tag.


thank you- so if i tag some of my links like this

<a href="www.mysite.com/car.aspx#bar"> HELP </a>

it will be treated like it went to www.mysite.com/car.aspx ? Will it have any effect on SEO at all? We are trying to help our analytics program a little bit and by tagging the links it should help us follow if the click came from the top or the bottom of the page even if it came from the same location. Sounds weird but it;s how we structured our site navigation



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Posted 10 June 2009 - 02:50 PM

Right. Everything from the hash on is simply dropped. It would be just as if you linked to the page without the hash.




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