| 11:00 pm on Sep 3, 2002 (gmt 0)|
It's ok as long as there are not any paremeters like: xxxxx.asp?id=xx
| 12:06 am on Sep 4, 2002 (gmt 0)|
Sorry Torben but I disagree. In my experience it is ok regardless of whether there are any paremeters in the url or not as long as the page is indexed. If you can find the linking page in Google, or any other required search engine, then a link out from it will count towards popularity.
In any case, Go60Guy will still get traffic.
| 12:55 am on Sep 4, 2002 (gmt 0)|
In this case there are no parameters. I'm primarily interested in boosting popularity with this newly launched site. I went ahead and submitted the linking page to Google. Hope it works.
| 1:00 am on Sep 4, 2002 (gmt 0)|
I do not understand much about asp, php etc., but Google shows links to me with:
So I would say, in general, that I have no evidence that a '?' in the URL does any harm.
| 6:12 am on Sep 10, 2002 (gmt 0)|
The issue with question marks (?) is a non-issue in your case, Go60Guy. The only thing that count to you is if the referring page is indexed or not - just as Woz, said.
The "question mark issue" is often simplified and misunderstood. Search engine have no problems what so ever with?-marks in itself. Search engines use the?-mark as a way to detect dynamically delivered content. For a number of reasons it is much more difficult to crawl dynamic content on the web, so most spiders go very easy once they detect a?-mark - a dynamic page.
Google is the search engine today that "dare the most" when it comes to dynamic pages (but consequently also the engine that have most "dynamic clutter" in the index because of this).
Many search engines will spider a page with just one parameter: page.asp?parameter_1=354 but as you add more and more parameters less engines will dare to crawl the pages and eventually even Google give up.
Hope this explain the?-mark issue a little better, :)
| 7:53 am on Sep 10, 2002 (gmt 0)|
As woz said. I have a site that has parameters in the URL and I remember being told that the depth/complexity that google would go was related to PR, which seemed good appraisal of the situation. That said too many parameters dont really do you any fanours, just one works well for me.