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    Short URLs or long ones with article name included?

    My site has been running for about 8 years. I currently use this format for displaying a particular testimonial:

    http://www.oil-testimonials.com/essential-oils/7496

    But recently I've wondered if I should switch to a format like this using mod_rewrite:

    http://www.oil-testimonials.com/7496/the-snoring-was-keeping-people-up-at-night

    Is there good evidence to suggest this kind of format is preferred by the search engines? Would this ruin any SEO ranking that I may have built up for each page over the years? What about Facebook? If many people have liked my pages with the existing format, would I have to start over with building up the total number of likes if I change to the new URL format?

    Can anyone offer some advice that has gone through this before?

    Thanks!
    Last edited by Stevie D; Jul 17, 2012 at 05:42. Reason: Example URLs de-linked
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