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I do not tend to like using codes and numbers in url, but now am wondering about the SEO. How long before google says too long and don't follow it? Is there a limit?
[edited by: tedster at 12:02 am (utc) on Mar. 28, 2008]
[edit reason] switch to example.com - it can never be owned [/edit]
Basically, longer than that. ;-)
There was a time when longer URL's, especially ones with lots of special characters, were a problem. For a host of reasons not worth getting into (other than the SE's wanting ever greater access to every file on the Web), they've gotten much better at indexing pages with URL's like that.
And as long as the URL's are not really excessively long (IMHO yours is not), descriptive URL's are useful to SE's and users alike.
Heck, from your URL above, I have a pretty darned good idea what that page is likely to be about. That means SE's (hint: and users viewing SERPs) will also. :p
Am creating a directory from scratch, just to learn php, javacript , SEO and so on. Lots of info on here this forums. Well, maybe not from scratch. It is the one I created a bit ago from scratch, Am just redoing chunks of it since now I know so much more. At moment and redoing category and regional structures. Almost have those friendly URLS completed, Next will be learning how to match the old folder structure to the news one without losing my tiny traffic. 301 redirect i guess, need to read up on it and how too
P.S. Can't tell you how many times I did and redid my sites in the early days, before getting to a point that I mainly got it right in the planning stages. Even then, always more evolving to do.
I want to send clicks on old links to correct pages, but I want Engines to know that old page no longer exist anymore.
One common error, well not an error. It was a misspelling I used to have. www.domain.com/artsandcraft.html (I was missing the S in crafts), Now it is www.domain.com/artsandcrafts.html. Not a major thing, but it NAGGED at me.
I get easily nagged. hehehehe, everybody tells me to TURN off ERROR REPORTING logging for NOTICE (8)'s. But I like them fixed. Same thing applies to having my pages validate(W3C) with no Warnings or error, and boy did I have allot of those when i first went to "XHTML 1.0 Strict".
Ohh and thanks, I was thinking of Redirecting EVERY page, but it does make sense to redirect only Main ones.
Not that I have allot of traffic, I think I get about 100 unique hits a Day.
We redid a site last year that had three main parts to the site. All pages except the homepage were 301 redirected, but we did one section at a time, over a period of months. No issues there at all. It was a smallish site (about 500-600 pages), had been around for a LONG time, and had a relatively flat file structure. Plus at least half of the site's pages had external backlinks. No way we would have just let most of those pages hang with 404's. We just took our time getting the redirects done.
OTOH, I could imagine a new-ish small site, or a huge site with only a handful of rankable pages, whereby most of the pages, e.g., perhaps significantly less than 5%, needed to be redirected.
There are an endless array of Web pages out there, from old to new, linked to orphaned, etc. What's important to keep in mind when changing URL's on the same domain is that the more important the page, the more important it is to let the SE's know it has permanently moved, not disappeared.