12. Examining Your URLs for Problems
URLs with too many parameters or redirects can confuse a search engine. You should construct URLs
with both users and search engines in mind.
URLs are discussed in Chapter 3, “Provocative SE-Friendly URLs.” Redirects are discussed in
Chapter 4, “Content Relocation and HTTP Status Codes.” In Chapter 13, “Coping with Technical
Issues,” you learn how to build your own library that verifies the links within your web site are
13. Looking for Duplicate Content
Having many pages with the same or similar content in excess can result in poorer rankings. And though
it is a matter of contention as to whether an explicit
exists for having duplicate content, it is unde-
sirable for many reasons. Duplicate content is, however, not a simple problem with a single cause. Rather,
it is a complex problem with myriad causes.
Duplicate content is the subject of Chapter 5, “Duplicate Content” (aptly named).
14. Eliminating Session IDs
Use of URL-based session management may allow users with cookies turned off to use a web site that
requires session-related information, but it may also wreak havoc for the web site in search engines. For
this reason URL-based sessions should either be completely turned off, or cloaking should be employed
to turn off the URL-based session management if the user-agent is a spider.
Session IDs and their associated problems are discussed at length in Chapter 2, “A Primer in Basic SEO.”
This particular technique is discussed in Chapter 11,“Cloaking, Geo-Targeting, and IP Delivery.”
15. Tweaking On-page Factors
On-page factors may have diminished in effect over the years, but it is still advantageous to author
HTML that employs elements that mean something semantically. Especially if you author HTML
using a WYSIWYG editor, or use a content management system with a WYSIWYG editor, this may
not be occurring. Other problems may involve having a large navigation element physically before
issues at length.
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