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Re: Redirection

From: Jesper Tverskov <jesper.tverskov@mail.tele.dk>
Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2003 08:45:03 +0100
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Some time ago I tested Google, if it indexed URLs using question mark.

I tested the words "usability" and "fish". In the first 1000 hits for usability not one contained a "?". In the first 1000 hits for "fish" not one contained a "?".

I then tried "Iraq war". In the first 1000 hits only 4 contained a "?". Two were from Amazon.com and two from some big newspapers. Amazon.com to the best of my knowledge use cookies and session ID's.

I have written and published half a hundred articles about web design. Published on the net with query strings using "?". Not one has ever been found by Google, and not one of the articles use cookies but probably session ID's even though I do not make use of them.

I am now using URL-rewriting, since two weeks ago, and I hope that my knew URL's consisting of only the domain name and the date of the articles will make a big difference when it comes to Google..., it will probably take some more weeks. Google has always found my pages not using "?" in the URL, my home page, my page of contents and the rest of the gang.

It is my judgement, that Google as basic rule of thumb never indexes URL's using question marks. They are only indexed if they have some very high ranking, probably if a lot of other web sites link to them, but I don't knew the exact criteria.

Best regards,

Jesper Tverskov

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Fra: w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org] På vegne af Sue Young
Sendt: 11. november 2003 07:14
Til: Matthew Smith; WAI Interest Group
Emne: Re: Redirection

We are in the process of adding Google to our enterprise web. You don't 
need to recreate the docs in HTML format for Google to spider them: you 
just need to make sure there are no cookies  and/or session IDs on the page.

Sue Young
Received on Tuesday, 11 November 2003 02:37:39 UTC

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