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How many is too many - keywords in url

     
11:07 am on Sep 15, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I'm rewriting a sites urls to make them more friendly and hopefully better for Google.

I'm trying to name them logically according to category and section but am not sure how many keywords is too many and already have a keyword in the domain name.

Say my site's about widgets and is widget.com
Section: widget.com/widgets
Category: widget.com/widgets/moving-widgets
Article: widget.com/widgets/moving-widgets/moving-widgets-carefully.htm

Is that too many?

4:15 pm on Sept 15, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Three might be on the edge for a human inspection. But since so many CMS autogenerate the filepath from the title, I doub't that you would run into a problem with Googl if it only happens once in a while. You also won't get an advantage from the repetition, IMO.
9:40 am on Sept 16, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I have only rule: keep it meaningful but as short as possible. If you can do shorter do it.
11:35 am on Sept 16, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for the replies, my gut instinct was to make them as short as possible so will try to do so.
4:34 am on Sept 19, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I started using a SEO component which turns my page titles into really long URLs. Shortly afterwards my SERP imrpoved considerably. It certainly doesn't seem to hurt. In my case I'm pretty sure it helped.