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    Google & Dynamic URLs

    Does Google return results for search terms that are contained on pages that have dynamic urls (e.g., http://www.mysite.com/index.php?id=5&cat=16)?

    If not, would the answer change if the page <title> were different for each page?

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    Yes they do.

    Or I should say they treat such pages the same as any other page.

    http://www.webmasterbase.com/article/485/

    read that
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    Thanks for the link, but still confused.

    The article is somewhat beyond my programming knowledge, but it says that search engines will not index any pages that have a question mark or other character (like an ampersand or equals sign) in the URL. So Google does not treat dynamic pages like "static" ones, right?

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    it says Google is one exception
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    I have no reason to doubt that Google is an exception, but it doesn't actually say that Google is one. Lets assume that it is an exception...

    I have a php/MySql driven site that is on a fairly narrow topic. I'm listed in Google's directory and my page has a good Google "PageRank" (the horizontal green bar). If you do a Google search for some specific text on my site (say a direct quote), it will return my site as the top result (and often the only result). However, that happens only for text on "static" pages and not for text on pages with dynamic urls. If Google indexes these dynamic pages, why aren't results returned?

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    Um I wrote the article, trust me google is an exception and they do index pages that use a query string.

    If you give me your site URL I can check for you.
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