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Importance of file extension for search engine optimization
does the file extension make any difference in SEO

 1:32 pm on Sep 9, 2003 (gmt 0)


Does the file extension make any difference when it comes to SEO?

for example


which one is better to use and why?
I see that the version without .htm is shorter, but again, it tells robots that this is a 'static' page...

Any thoughts anyone?



 1:52 pm on Sep 9, 2003 (gmt 0)

Part of SEO today is generating linkbacks. To do that, you need an easy-to-bookmark, easy-to-remember, easy-to-copy : aka: an easy to link to url. Most designers and optimizers will tell you that your changes of getting those links backs goes up by multiple percentages when you use a standard file extension. It has been my experience that people will not link to nonstandard extensions nearly as often as htm or html extensions.


 1:59 pm on Sep 9, 2003 (gmt 0)

As far as Google is concerened it does not matter. I don't have extensions at all. All my URL's are www.domain.com/?pane2=blah_blah. Google spiders my site all the time and I have all my pages listed on Google. I don't know about what Brett says but it makes sense if you want people to link to your internal pages.


 2:16 pm on Sep 9, 2003 (gmt 0)

hmm, I haven'T had any extensions for the html pages in a long while, all URLs in the format:


Isupose link backers will see it as directories, I think it looks more professional.

Please note my sites have no files(except images and the like), only a virtual file system.



 3:25 pm on Sep 9, 2003 (gmt 0)

And other thing is

is it better to use


do search engines prefer when file is within root?
when using slashes, it seems that file is within directory, so i suppose files in root should get better results than files within some directory?

and also

is there difference between


and which one is better to use and why?
first one is one dir closer to root, but maybe in other case, robots prefer accessing directories to single files?

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