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- Posted on
October 24, 2003, 10:19 am
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I remember GoogleGuy being quoted that parameters should be kept to a
maximum of 2 for best results. But maybe my memory is cheating me. This
is what I just found:
GoogleGuy says "fewer parameters are better"
In other words, if you can manage to use URL-rewriting, do so. It's
another question whether or not it's wise to introduce rewriting at a
later stage when many people are linking to you already.
My sailing website http://www.TheBeachcats.com can serve as an example of
how Google indexes php pages. The site is regularly spidered by Google, but
if you do a search for the title of one of my articles like "Roll Tacking
Your Beach Catamaran Sailboat" (see results at http://tinyurl.com/s90k )
you'll notice that the page that is indexed is the print version at
http://www.thebeachcats.com/print.php?sid=73 rather than the actual page of
So the three parameter url's are definitely not making it into the Google
index, at least on my site. My next major change to that site will include
Mod-Rewrite rules that will change that url to something Google likes and is
easier to pass by email.