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Google Content Experiments With Rewritten Urls

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#1 chilluk


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Posted 11 March 2013 - 11:03 AM

We have run a number of Google Content Experiments for pages that do not have a rewritten URL on our site (search page mostly) and so we just created a PageName2.aspx version of PageName.aspx - it seems to work fine with all dynamic querystring parameters etc.


Now we want to do similar with rewritten urls. So on our site we have say /category/blue-widgets/999 where 999 is a specifc ID and this rewrite rule (IIS7) is pointed at Category.aspx?ID=999


So I am wondering how I create alternative versions of the page to run the experiments - do I need to have /category2/blue-widgets/999 pointing to Category2.aspx?ID=999 or is there a better way?





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Posted 12 March 2013 - 05:36 AM

Hmm I have created the rewrite rules and pages so that I can have the following URLs





with each url showing the different variation. However I can't work out how to create the experiment to redirect with the variables intact?!

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Posted 12 March 2013 - 06:32 PM

So, do I understand correctly that you want to trick Google into indexing search results pages that they have clearly -- time and again -- said they do not want to index?

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 04:47 AM

Err no - this is for an experiment hence the thread title - we are currently experimenting with category page layouts.


It's sorted now anyway - I used a relative URL for the variation page and then added a quesrystring parameter. Then in my rewriting rules in IIS7 I directed off to the actual physical page using the querystring param as a condition.

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