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Hiding dynamic urls

using /?/ in asp

11:21 am on Jul 25, 2004 (gmt 0)

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A few posts I've read say search engines prefer static urls rather than dynamic ones. The host i use dosn't let me use rewrite facilites so i though of rewriting urls from "/getpage.asp?item=1" to "/?/item/1".

How do search engines treat urls like this? Would it be worth adding .htm on the end? Or can anyone offer any other useful url optimization i can do on my budget asp host.



1:40 pm on July 25, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Your URL looks perfect to me. I have several sites which use much more complex URLS and they are crawled quite nicely and deeply.

What you should ensure you should not have are session IDs. As long as you do not have them, and spiers see exactly the same page as your visitors, no issue. Avoid javascript redirects, and have a nice sitemap. Dynamic URLs seem to be getting crawled a little later than static ones, in the case of new sites. From my experience, URLs such as yours i no problem at all. Just make sure you get new links regularly, and if possible, to some deep pages.