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    do SE's still read past....

    Hi,
    I am making my new site, and I put the navigation as
    www.blahblah.com/index.php?id=blahblah

    I have seen somewhere that Search engines dont read past the "?" and it wont be able to get to that page.
    Should I jsut hcange to normal
    www.blahblah.com/link.php

    does havint the extension "php" do anything?

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    You're better off not using session ids in your urls.

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    ok.. lol

    goddamn.. spent soo long coding it to perfection.. then relized i cant use it..

    it sucks

    well i gotta start changing the links

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    He's No Good To Me Dead silver trophybronze trophy stymiee's Avatar
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    They can read query strings just fine. But you don't want to have a sessionID in the URL or id= as thwey will cause the search engines to either limit the number of pages they crawl or to not index the page at all.

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    wait so if I just change the "id" part to say "page" or
    "link" or w/e it will be fine?

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    They can read query strings, but it's not recommended. Your best bet is to mod_rewrite if you know how to do that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by masfenix
    wait so if I just change the "id" part to say "page" or
    "link" or w/e it will be fine?
    Should be fine. But as mentioned above, using mod_rewite is a good idea.

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    Ok , I have heard about mod_rewrite bt .. nah i dont know that though.

    I really liked the idea of id="blah"

    o well.

    once i get indexed and get a good amount of hits going (maybe a couple of months?)) i can switch to this method then right? It wouldnt affect me that much?
    Or would my ranking go down

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    I have been indexed using ?a=1&p=3 and stuff like that fine. However, as others said your best bet in the long term is playing it smart with mod_rewrite. If you do stay with the ?query method and then change to mod_rewrite later it will take a month or so for the new URLs to be indexed as SEs will not be smart enough to recognize it as being the same page... at least to my knowledge. Good luck!

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    Can anyone here post a tutorioal on how to use mod rewrite

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    Quote Originally Posted by masfenix
    Can anyone here post a tutorioal on how to use mod rewrite
    mod_rewrite


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