Welcome to WebmasterWorld Guest from

Forum Moderators: mademetop

Message Too Old, No Replies

Shorter url = higher ranking?

10:17 pm on Jul 2, 2007 (gmt 0)

Full Member

10+ Year Member

joined:Dec 20, 2004
votes: 0


What do you guys think...Is a shorter url better for the SEO-ranking? Or doesn't it matter?

Example long url: www.example.com/categorie/subcat/subsubcat/brand/product-id/ (this can become very long, with long subcat en subsubcat names)

Example short url: www.example.com/subsubcat/brand/product-id.hmtl

If yes, should I make a 301 redirect of all my pages or is that suicide for my website?

[edited by: pageoneresults at 8:13 am (utc) on July 3, 2007]
[edit reason] Examplified URI References [/edit]


1:02 pm on July 3, 2007 (gmt 0)

Senior Member from US 

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member

joined:Mar 9, 2002
votes: 0

My understanding had been that the more subfolders a file is buried in, the least likely it is to get indexed. I don't have a point of reference myself, as I never use subfolders for html or php files, I always keep them in the root folder.

You'll have to get another person's feedback on the redirects, but I wouldn't encourage anyone to place a file six subfolders deep if it could be avoided. For what it's worth, some design firms won't exchange links with another site if you have to jump two or three levels to get to their links page.

2:32 pm on July 15, 2007 (gmt 0)

New User

10+ Year Member

joined:Dec 30, 2004
votes: 0

You can use long url.
I see many time website of free article have good list on google.