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Assuming that two or less parameter in the querystring are somewhat of a treshold that Gogglebot will not cross using semicolons to separate parameter poses the question whether Googlebot will recognize it as separating parameter.
I have no idea how to answer that, since I do not use query strings in URIs that are used to identify resources that I want to be spidered.
<edit>changed RFC reference (To save some time I just need to write r_2396_r which will then be turned into RFC2396 - Uniform Resource Identifiers (URI): Generic Syntax [faqs.org]. But now I keep messing up the numbers. BTW I don`t know ALL RFC numbers by heart.</edit>
[edited by: andreasfriedrich at 1:33 pm (utc) on April 1, 2003]
I used them in folder and file names, and it did not only mess up webalizer stats (everything behind the ; was dropped), but even worse none of the pages got indexed.
Now I use : instead, and everything works all right!
Thanks for all your responses.
my site address was domain.tld/blue;widgets
When looking at the raw log files, I could see that Google had attempted to index these pages, but unfortunately, it tried to open domain.tld/blue. Even though there was a custom error page for that site, it did not get indexed, not even once.
Don't take the risk! The chance that Google changed its algo is really small!
If you use colon/semi-colon then wait for an update. It doesn't work, change it to slashes, wait for update. You have spent a significant amount of time messing around (2 updates) when you could have used slashes in the first place and saved yourself the trouble.
Slashes are recognized, we all know that, why mess around with alternates when there is a recognized format?
What about using a , (comma)? :-)
I found pages on google that use commas, so I guess google has no problems with that, right?
I know, I could easily use "/", but I'm kinda curious to see if there is another way to seperate parameters. :-) I'm kind of tired using "&" or "/". :-)
Andreas is right!
Here are some posts to read more about it.
<Added> These Posts only discuss the affect on Google PageRank and thus Google Ranking. How about the effect on other search engines, that have become more popular lately? </Added>
1. Using Cached content
2. Having URLS like wwWebmasterWorldebsite.com/viewpage.cfm/page/49.html
I read somewhere that these were supposed to be SES URLs. Should this be fine and should i be patient to see if the googlebot likes this? I've seen scooter 3.2 all over my site but the googlebot seems to stop on my default.cfm page. Any Suggestions?