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I wonder if
www.example.com (ex. PR7)
and an URL like:
www.example.com/?what=widget (in toolbar PR is always 7)
would kick links the same way.
My experiments say no, and you?
[edited by: ciml at 4:49 pm (utc) on Dec. 10, 2004]
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www.example.com/?what=widget (in toolbar PR is always 7) would kick links the same way.
By kicking, do you mean passing Pagerank?
Sometimes "?" in Urls can be a problem WRTO getting indexed in Google. If the site you are talking about has PR7, then it is getting indexed and it does have PR, which means it should not have any problems passing it out.
A couple of weeks prior to the drop some messed up code put the session id into the url for a few days:
instead of using cookies as previously.
Now, a search such as this:
produces exactly 51 listings each, for 100's of pages. One is a complete listing, the others are URL only like this:
if it is the case that
every combination of paramlist is considered a unique page
might this, and/or a dup content problem be the reason for the drop in rankings?
As SteveB says - the PR you see in the toolbar is misleading for the /? format URL's - although it shows the same PR as homepage it is not accurate. It seems as if the toolbar incorrectly assumes it is calculating PR for the homepage rather than a new unique URL.
I know in our experience we had a number of /? format URL's indexed on one site, and they caused the site to drop out of top 1000 results (from 1op 5). Removing these URL's from Google's index caused the site to return. (method is listed in thread above)
If you have a number of /? format URL's all pointing to the same page with the same content this will of course trigger duplicate content filter, and this can have nasty results in our experience. It is better to have one URL indexed and ranking well than 100's ranking poorly.
It depends...if you are using /? style URL's to serve different content for each string passed, you might be OK.
The danger is when Google sees the same page and pings you for duplicate content. I would NOT recommend it as a way to get "unlimited" keyworded URL's into Google, all pointing to your homepage - this will backfire.