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Topic # 26926 7-Oct-2008 15:23
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Discussions with a client today, is it still necessary to rewrite your site's URLs to be search engine friendly?

For example taking this:

product.aspx?id=5&category=6

and changing it to

product/id/5/category/6.aspx (or something similar)

I look at Geekzone which has no URL rewriting and it still gets indexed.

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  Reply # 169603 7-Oct-2008 15:27
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Yes, it makes a difference and it is worth doing to get better search rankings (but it's not essential). With IIS 7 and various content management systems it's also much easier than it used to be in the old days.




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  Reply # 169606 7-Oct-2008 15:39
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nate: I look at Geekzone which has no URL rewriting and it still gets indexed.


Very well indexed if you ask. And read my previous reply. I toyed with the idea, but found out it makes no difference these days... What I use is good TITLE tag, easy menu system (no javascript, no flash, just text), updated Sitemap update, 301 redirects from geekzone.co.nz to www.geekzone.co.nz and pretty much it...

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  Reply # 169608 7-Oct-2008 15:42
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I wouldn't bother unless you're looking for url's that are easy to read/remember. As per Mauricio's link, Google has no problem coping with parameters.




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  Reply # 169609 7-Oct-2008 15:46
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The benefit comes from smart rewriting of URLs, such as how on WorldDJ.com we change this:

http://www.worlddj.com/dj_producer/view.wdj?id=32325

To this:
http://www.worlddj.com/dj/sam_hill/

It appears to help if the Google search refers to text listed in the URL. Of course Seach Engine Optimisation involves many factors, however this is one them.




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  Reply # 169635 7-Oct-2008 18:41
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so in conclusion
theres not much point going from
site.com/index.php?product=12345to
site.com/product/12345

because 12345 is pretty meaningless
if however as one person suggested you can do...
site.com/product/intelQ9450
that could be help... but to be honest since implementing seo style urls my google ratings have gone DOWN

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