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Url#bookmark Usage And Google


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#1 seobarry

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Posted 28 March 2011 - 08:15 AM

I'm implementing a new comment system for a client which uses a lot of bookmarking in the following way:

<a href="pagelocation.htm#comment38">

On the page pagelocation.htm the following code is then included, the user would end up on that part of the page after clicking the above link on a different page of the website.

<a id="comment38" href="pagelocation.htm#comment38" class="comment-anchor">nr 38</a>

As you can see this code is also a link, linking to its own location.


My question now if in general, the additional #bookmarkname in url's can confuse Google?
Or does Google understand this flawlessly and would it never cause issues?

I was thinking myself that it may result in Google thinking that pagelocation.htm#comment38 would be a different url than pagelocation.htm and would therefore think to identical pages exist with different urls.

Related to this, I was wondering if it would be useful to use the canonical tag to avoid any issues?

<link rel="canonical" href="http://www.mysite.co...gelocation.htm" /> that would be in this case I guess





#2 Jill

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Posted 28 March 2011 - 08:37 AM

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My question now if in general, the additional #bookmarkname in url's can confuse Google?


It's perfectly fine with Google, and a great way to do it so that you're not creating multiple URLs to the same page.

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Related to this, I was wondering if it would be useful to use the canonical tag to avoid any issues?


It shouldn't be necessary.

#3 seobarry

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Posted 31 March 2011 - 03:11 AM

Thanks for the answer!

Does everybody agree on this or are there other opinions?



#4 Jill

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Posted 31 March 2011 - 06:29 AM

This is one of those rare instances, where the answer is not an opinion, but based on fact.




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