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Make Dynamic URLs Search Engine Friendly


Using a database to dynamically create web pages makes for a much improved site in many ways. However, such URLs are not very search engine friendly. Search engines are much better at indexing static pages, and don't do a good job of following hyperlinks that contain query strings. The advantages of a dynamic site are overwhelmingly obvious--so what is to be done? With a little extra effort, you can create a dynamic site that is easily crawled by webbots.

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By: Peter Lavin
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March 01, 2004
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
  1. · Make Dynamic URLs Search Engine Friendly
  2. · Check Your Server
  3. · Create an .htaccess File
  4. · Upload .htaccess to Your Server
  5. · Test the Results
  6. · Modifying Your Code
  7. · Conclusion

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Make Dynamic URLs Search Engine Friendly - Conclusion
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With minimal effort, a website can have all the advantages of being created dynamically from a database without compromising its ability to be indexed by search engines. This is achieved by using “mod_rewrite”, a “.htaccess” file and by making minor adjustments to the original scripts. The robots used by search engines have no trouble following the resulting “static” HTML page. No knowledge of configuring “mod_rewrite” was required nor any knowledge of regular expressions.

Resources

Google on dynamic pages
http://www.google.com/webmasters/2.html

Generate an .htaccess file
http://www.webmaster-toolkit.com/

Search Engine Optimization and Resources
http://www.seochat.com


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