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Changing a large website from dynamic to static URLs
Safe or dangerous?

 10:05 am on Jul 2, 2008 (gmt 0)

We have a pretty large forum like webmasterworld with more then 100000 threads and around 500000+ internal replies to those threads.

We are using dynamic URLs currently (vbulletin stock code) we are planning to change the dynamic links to static (using vbseo). Is this safe or dangerous ?
We get more then 100000+ uniques a day from google everyday compared to less then 5000 uniques a month from yahoo and msn..
Unsure what is wrong with both yahoo and msn.

Should we go with this changes ? In last few days we have noticed google has started indexing our content wrong way..

For example proper url of our forum is:

but now google indexes the same this way

1000s of pages are indexed in a similar fashion, morever we have tag feature enabled which indexed the URLs in another way...

Our domain is around 3+ years old should we go with static URLs ?
If yes, is there a safe way to proceed with same ?

Are we going to loose traffic from google (major concern).



 3:22 am on Jul 3, 2008 (gmt 0)

Here's a thread that talks specifically about vbulletin problems - which affect more than just Google, by the way:


If you rewrote all your urls, you might well have a long period of lost traffic. Better just to block the types of urls that create duplicates in the search engines. Study your actual situation intensely before you make a move, to avoid making more problems.


 11:49 am on Jul 3, 2008 (gmt 0)

First the disclaimer, I'm no expert on SEO.

Does the vbseo mod rewrite the current URL's?

e.g. if you typed in www.example.com/showthread.php?t=23423423 will it rewrite it to www.example.com/some-thread-title.html

If it does then I'd say go for it, I've been contemplating doing this myself for some time now on my own forum but I just recently moved it to a new domain so that plan is on the backburner for now until it settles down, I'll add it has worked out quite nicely because all the pages are correctly being redirected to the new domain and I already had a very clean set of pages indexed without the duplicates. SERP's are on par with the old domain or even better in some cases.

The reason I say yes however is not for SEO reasons, from my understanding the weight of the URL is not all that great compared to other things from reading many threads here but it does play a factor. My reason for doing it is so when a link is posted elsewhere directly the text will appear for a human to read.


 6:42 pm on Jul 3, 2008 (gmt 0)

I don't know if vbSEO does this but one thing you want to do is make very VERY sure you do a 301 on all old URL's, and also make sure that any of those old links still go to the requested resource.

100K + a day, I don't know why you're worrying about it. If it ain't broke . . . :-)


 12:54 pm on Jul 4, 2008 (gmt 0)

Thank You for the replies, but question is not about how I need to learn or know about changinf dynamic URLs to static urls.
I only need some light on should we change the same or not ?

Is this really beneficial having 1 url for content compared to vbulletin giving many different urls for same content ?


 2:06 pm on Jul 4, 2008 (gmt 0)

Is this really beneficial having 1 url for content compared to vbulletin giving many different urls for same content ?

Absolutely and for a variety of reasons. One reason is both the bot and your server is expending unneeded resources. Say for example Google decides they are going to use X amount of bandwidth to crawl your site based on whatever factors they employ. If the bot is banging around hitting a bunch of duplicate content the following things will/can occur. 1)You'll have less pages indexed as per their allotment to your site because its being taken up by duplicate pages. 2)The content that is indexed is diluted by the duplicate pages. 3)Google may decide your site is less worthy of indexing because of all the extra bandwidth they have to expend finding original pages.

Those would be the main reasons for fixing duplicate issues.

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