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Site not appearing in google after query string added

certain pages are not appearing in google when they are optimised

     
8:54 am on Jun 16, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Hello,

I have got a site which used to be HTML format, but recently i have converted this to PHP so that it can be update easily and quickly. Since I have made it PHP with query strings. Google only spiders my home page and no other pages.

the query string looks like this www.example.co.uk/product.php?productid=10

Is there anything wrong with this type of query string and using it with google? I cant seem to see it in any other search engines either? The new php site has been up for 2 weeks and the html files are still on the server because they are still getting hits.

Does anybody have any suggestions to how this will work :( I spent ages building the new site.

Thanks
Chris

[edited by: ciml at 10:08 am (utc) on June 16, 2005]
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11:55 am on June 16, 2005 (gmt 0)

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As soon as possible, apply mod rewrite to your pages. It makes a massive difference. In my humble experience Google tends to shy away from querystring urls and only index after a few visits, unless there is high PR which seems to 'pump' the spiders through faster. THe spiders do get through eventually, but I have found a definate resistance.

Mod Rewrite is an absolute gift to webmasters. I have found that Google indexes much, much faster and now I wouldn't dream of releasing a new site on the web if it wasn't mod rewritten.

Also, its easy to do!

11:56 am on June 16, 2005 (gmt 0)

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You should be able to easily change those urls from:

product.php?productid=10

to something like:

product_10.php

mail me if you need a hand.

11:57 am on June 16, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I've had no problems getting pages like this listed (and listed well) on a PR4/5 site.

If your PR is lower then use mod rewrite, but it's not really necessary for 4 or above IME.

12:03 pm on June 16, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Wow thanks for all that info, Ok firstly, Im using CPANEL on my hosting account, how do I go about doing a mod rewrite and what would i need to put in to make google index my pages quicker?

Thanks for all your comments!

Chris