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What is the best type of url for SEO
Mikey85

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Msg#: 7339 posted 2:58 pm on Jan 8, 2006 (gmt 0)

Hi,

What style of url is the best for SEO?

cat.domain.com/subcat/pagetitle/id/

or

www.domain.com/cat/subcat/pagetitle/id/?

Or is there an alternative?

 

tedster

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Msg#: 7339 posted 6:57 pm on Jan 8, 2006 (gmt 0)

This is but one man's viewpoint, and certainly YMMV.

In general, the first style, using a subdomain for "cat", creates independent websites from the search engine perspective. The second, using a directory, is seen as all one big site.

If there is significant cross-linking between the sections I would prefer using the second. If the sections are relatively separate and also each contain significant content, I would consider the subdomain approach if there aren't already a lot of indexed pages with a directory/subdirectory.

In this specific case, because you end each url with "id", I'm assuming you are configuring a url rewrite engine of some kind. If so, I would suggest taking care not to create a large number of subdomains (approach #1) that have but a few pages each -- or that are created with a keyword "wild card" approach. At one time this was a frequently used tactic to flood the search results, and search engines pretty much zapped it.

Jim Westergren

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Msg#: 7339 posted 12:47 am on Jan 10, 2006 (gmt 0)

I don't like subdomains and never use it.

Without subdomains the domain gets the full share of the TrustRank, age, PageRank etc.

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