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The Google Blog notes that they have updated their webmaster guidelines to be more up to date with their crawling and indexing technology. Since Google now is able to crawl and index URLs with parameters, i.e. dynamic URLs - they have removed the line that reads "Don't use "&id=" as a parameter in your URLs, as we don't include these pages in our index." Google still recommends keeping those parameters down to a minimum and calls rewriting dynamic URLs into user-friendly versions, "a good practice."

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26 October 2006 - 09:49 AM
Interesting note. I have recently converted my whole CMS platform to "friendly urls" for many reasons, but among them, the Google indexing capabilities. I have seen on multiple occasions where Google has been indexing the GET parameters in the URL (and we had to sites crash because Google News linked them...), but it has always seemed rather hit or miss. This is great news for web developers!


13 November 2006 - 06:52 AM
My CMS of choice right now is DotNetNuke, and it is pretty good about doing URL rewriting to handle search engine friendly URLs, but I must say that when I engage that on my portals, the average page load time increases dramatically. But my informal tests are all seat-of-the-pants testing. Does anyone have any good statistics on URL rewriting affecting time-to-first-byte for the various methods?
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