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Query String Parameter Choices - Now in Webmaster Tools

   
3:30 am on Sep 17, 2009 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member tedster is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member



If you run one of those sites where parameters can run wild, generating all kinds of multiple URLs for the same content (duplicate content issues anyone?), then this new addition to Webmaster Tools may be able to help.

Under Site Configuration >> Settings, there is something new called "Parameter Handing". Google reports parameters they've found crawling your URLs and suggest how each one should be handled - "ignore" or "don't ignore". You've got a choice to edit their suggested handling, and also to add more parameters to the list.

For some infrastructures, this new tool in the toolkit could be just the solution you need to give googlebot more time to crawl deeper and stop going in circles.

10:59 pm on Sep 17, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Just as a follow-up, I had an opportunity today to recommend this approach to a site owner who had a knotty problem with parameters and duplicate URLs. I'm looking forward to see how this works!
2:10 am on Sep 18, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Tedester I saw that this afternoon and will be testing it myself tomorrow with an issue on one of our sites tomorrow.

Thanks for the heads up.

6:59 am on Sep 18, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Really cool to see this addition. Might really help reduce unnecessary spider traps.
5:21 pm on Sep 18, 2009 (gmt 0)

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We have a site that Google is removing /redirect.aspx? during the crawl and showing the url as http://www.example.com/ad/1002.htm
This is causing a large number of 404's.
Suggestions on what parameter add so to add this back into the url?

Would I add /redirect.aspx?id=

6:19 pm on Sep 18, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Well, I just had a look at parameters in webmaster tools for one of our sites and I see that Google reports that it has found parameter "lang" as well as parameter "amp;lang"

Now this is weird as the parameter in URL is actually written in the format "&lang" which should translate into ampersand followed by "lang" parameter.
Even worse, it is also reporting that it found parameter "amp%3Blang" (%3B is semicolon).

Any idea why this would happen?

8:04 pm on Sep 18, 2009 (gmt 0)

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[google.com...] this is the google help page for parameter handling
 

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