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#1 Wade  Icon User is offline

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Dynamic Web Site Ranking

Posted 06 October 2007 - 06:03 PM

If you use php & MySql and do not have much static text on the page, does this kill any chance of being ranked in Google?
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Re: Dynamic Web Site Ranking

Posted 06 October 2007 - 06:58 PM

Wade. I assume by static text you mean text that is not generated from a database or programatically.

If you have an articles engine for instance, and the page index.php?articleid=123 is always the same text on the page, or mostly the same (the article is the same) then that page will be listed in google.

You can use mod_rewrite to make those pages have .html extension (instead of .php) for more static URLs. You'll notice here at dream.in.code most threads are showtopic1234.htm, this is actually translated in the background to index.php?showtopic=1234

You can see the code I use to do this here:

RewriteEngine On
Options +FollowSymLinks

RewriteRule showtopic(.*)\.htm$ /forums/index.php?showtopic=$1


You should worry more about being listed in google initially, and once you're listed you can worry about actually ranking for keywords.

Google: site:www.yourdomain.com

This will show you all the pages google has listed for your domain and you can view the Cached version to make sure it looks correct to the googlebot.
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Re: Dynamic Web Site Ranking

Posted 06 October 2007 - 07:24 PM

Thanks, Skyhawk

I don't know much about Google or other search engines, but the way you envisioned my newspaper site is accurate, for any given articleid the content or article text will be consistent.

What is the purpose and advantage of the rewrite? I am currently converting static sites to php/Mysql sites so that the customer can maintain their own pages - which translates into less busy work for me, but I would hate to shut them down to Google/Yahoo searches.

Thanks again, it does give me something to research.
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Re: Dynamic Web Site Ranking

Posted 12 October 2007 - 01:49 AM

Hello Wade,

The generated output remains plain text for the index bots and will have no negative influence on your visibility within google or yahoo etc.
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Re: Dynamic Web Site Ranking

Posted 12 October 2007 - 06:01 AM

View PostWade, on 6 Oct, 2007 - 08:24 PM, said:

Thanks, Skyhawk

I don't know much about Google or other search engines, but the way you envisioned my newspaper site is accurate, for any given articleid the content or article text will be consistent.

What is the purpose and advantage of the rewrite? I am currently converting static sites to php/Mysql sites so that the customer can maintain their own pages - which translates into less busy work for me, but I would hate to shut them down to Google/Yahoo searches.

Thanks again, it does give me something to research.


The advantage (or assumed advantage) is google values "static" pages just a tad higher than dynamic pages, so giving your URLs a static look (i.e. /articles/45/your-article-title.html, where 45 is the article id) If you can also use the keywords for your article in the URL it will help those pages rank a little better.
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Re: Dynamic Web Site Ranking

Posted 13 October 2007 - 07:41 PM

Thanks guys = I feel better about the conversion effort and look forward to learning how to do it right.

Thanks Again.
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