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Does Google Ignore This?

Qurey Strings at the end of a filename.

     
3:18 pm on Jul 27, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Would google ignore this at the end of a url?

www.bluewidgets.com/blue_widgets.aspx?=(i want this to be ignored)

i want to rewrite a ton of urls to clean things up and want to be sure that anything after the question mark is ignored and not indexed..

If google does not ignore this then i might be able to do it through the robots.txt like

disallow: /*?=

any other way?

7:39 pm on July 27, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Google will not ignore the query string parameter - and every different parameter will be considered a different url.

Yes, use robots.txt to disallow those urls. Google has a help page about it here: [google.com...]

You also may want to test your robots.txt file with their Webmaster Tools [google.com].

9:08 pm on July 27, 2007 (gmt 0)

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The query string is a part of the URL.

Mismanagement of the indexing of URLs with parameters leads to many of the Duplicate Content issues seen out there today.

10:43 pm on July 27, 2007 (gmt 0)

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supafresh,

Just remember that that robots.txt you are showing all of the pages that end in?= to:

1: Not be indexed.

and

2: Not rank (since the page isn't in the index it can't rank)

g1smd,

That's some of it.

[edited by: theBear at 11:22 pm (utc) on July 27, 2007]

12:10 am on July 28, 2007 (gmt 0)

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If you need Query_Strings, your best bet is probably to try ISAPI_Rewrite and redirect everything with a blank (empty) Query_String to the page.aspx equiv. without the ?. Otherwise the robots.txt should be sufficient.

Justin