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bustamelon
04-28-2006, 02:50 PM
Does anyone have any input as to how named anchors effect search engine ranking? It's commonly thought that URL query strings have a negative effect, but what about #anchors?

http://www.website.com/somefolder/#anchorname

Bill Posters
04-28-2006, 03:08 PM
It's commonly thought that URL query strings have a negative effect

Fwiw, they'd be wrong.

Google can reportedly handle up to nine parameters in a query string, though a safer amount is around three. Google (nor any other search engine I'm aware of) does not treat content on pages with query strings any better or worse than content on so-called 'search engine friendly' urls.
It either indexes the page or it doesn't. As far as any significant search engines are concerned, urls with up to three parameters are not a hindrance.

bustamelon
04-28-2006, 03:15 PM
Fwiw, they'd be wrong.

Google can reportedly handle up to nine parameters in a query string, though a safer amount is around three. Google (nor any other search engine I'm aware of) does not treat content on pages with query strings any better or worse than content on so-called 'search engine friendly' urls.
It either indexes the page or it doesn't. As far as any significant search engines are concerned, urls with up to three parameters are not a hindrance.

Well I experimented with this and found that Google in particular gave much more weight to "friendly" urls -- but maybe it wasn't a well-controlled experiment. The real concern is that most SE's OTHER than google, at least at one time not too long ago, IGNORED everything after the '?'. Anyway, not the point. What about anchors??



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