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Question about base href links



9:35 am on Aug 8, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I got this

But remember to maximize PR, do not cross link between subdirectories.
Only link back to the home page. Use a <BASE href="http://www.example.com"> on all pages and only use the <a href="/">home page</a> as the internal link back.

from this page


and was wondering what is meant by using a base href on all pages ?

[edited by: encyclo at 12:43 pm (utc) on Aug. 8, 2008]
[edit reason] examplified quote [/edit]


11:54 am on Aug 8, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Google 'base href'. It's a tag you insert into your HTML that says 'all references to URL's start from this base anchor point'.

I think it's used in some cases to help stop automated scrapers.


8:58 pm on Aug 11, 2008 (gmt 0)

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It is something you don't need to worry normally - just make sure you structure your website logically and in a manner that is useful for a human user. That includes that you link into your root directory (where the index.htm/.html/.php lives) from every page.

All advice beyond that is SEO alchemy in my opinion. I do link among subdirectories where it makes sense, don't use a base href and I don't think it does me any harm.


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