I have several forums that use WebWiz ASP forum scripts that supposedly have SEO-friendly long URLs. At first glance, it seems very impressive. However, Google seems to be choosing the short URL version minus the title to index, and they don't index the long URL with the title in it.
Here's an example of a page URL that is on one of my forums:
Google will not index that URL, but rather, they clip off everything from the "&title" on - which is basically what the page URL was before the "SEO-friendly" long URL was added. Google seems to index only this version of the URL:
Now, before you start condemning me for using ASP instead of PHP, hold your fire and try to tell your opinion on these three questions:
1. Why does Google choose not to index the entire URL?
2. Does the added title actually help make the URL "SEO-friendly", or is it just a waste of time? Is there any SEO benefit at all from the title in the URL?
3. Would it be just as beneficial to skip this type of long URL altogether (since Google seems to ignore it), and simply rely on the title of the post in the page's meta title?
The reason I ask is because I am in the middle of developing an ASP project that follows the same long URL format that WebWiz is using (shown above), and if it is not going to help my users get increased SEO benefits from the long URLs, I won't waste my time adding them.
Thanks! [edited by: tedster at 7:04 pm (utc) on Jun 20, 2010]
[edited by: tedster at 8:19 pm (utc) on Jun 20, 2010]
[edit reason] make example URLs visible [/edit]