June 1, 2011
I’m a bit of a nit-picker when it comes to tidy URLs and end up in endless debates with the development team of functionality over form!
We start with a URL like this:
But one of the new pieces of functionality on our site means that the URL now looks like this (hashtag content added after the page is launched):
Do you think the hashtag content affects the site's SEO or link building in any way now, or is it ignored by search engines, hence no duplicate content or indexing issues? So, aside from looking ugly to the user and potential linker, are there any downsides to this?
Thanks in advance.
Traditionally, the search engines ignore everything after the hashtag because it's usually content contained on the same page or URL. Therefore, those additional URLs should not get indexed (only the part before the hashtag should).
I'd do a site:command at Google to make sure of this, however.