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A Few Rewrite Questions
Correcting spaces, duplicates. And initiate big SEO change?

 11:41 am on Feb 21, 2013 (gmt 0)

I have two duplicate issues in WMT. One is due to spaces the other due to a single apostrophe.

Space, %20, %25%20, +
The site displays info on sportspersons. URLs for each sportsperson page is like this:


there are duplicates for




Which should I be using, and how can I rewrite it?

Single Apostrophe
SQL injection is often targetted on the FAQ section:

/faq/index.php?id=200' and ' union .....

This is blocked but in the generated sitemap this is recorded:


which will duplicate with the genuine request:


How do I remove the single apostrophe from the end? Note that this only needs to happen in the /faq/ directory.

Total Rewrite
I appreciate that when setting up the site I could have made it more SEO friendly by not using get vars in the string. Would it now be too late to rewrite these:


to these:


In total there are over 100,000 names. Would implimenting this change be too much for

a) the search engines - would 100,000 301s cause a penalty?
b) the server - what is the impact on performance?



 12:33 am on Feb 27, 2013 (gmt 0)

The PHP script needs to return 404 status for all requests that were rewritten to it, but for which it cannot issue a redirect.


 12:45 pm on Mar 16, 2013 (gmt 0)

I implemented the changes couple of weeks ago. So far it is going well.

Not hit a penalty (yet ~~ ) Google crawls have trippled, site visits are up.

There is a surge in duplicate title tags but I presume this will clear as the 301s are filtered through.

Bing is having an issue with a small handful of the pages in that it doesn't find the correct sport but that's not worth bothering with.

Thanks to all who helped me with this.

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