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Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by washington2010, Sep 9, 2011.

  1. washington2010

    washington2010 Regular Member

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    Hey guys, does it matter the difference between these two or is one better than the other:

    mysite.com/category/title-of-blog-post

    OR

    mysite.com/title-of-blog-post


    edit: this is not a wp site
     
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  2. thinkdevoid

    thinkdevoid Regular Member

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    It does matter. :p Also, if I recall reading its best not to have the category first, due to eventual performance hits. I forget the reasoning behind it but its in the Using Permalinks codex on Wordpress. A lot of people tend to overlook that.
     
  3. washington2010

    washington2010 Regular Member

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    If it matters, which one is the better one to use?

    Thanks for the reply.
     
  4. Subsonic

    Subsonic Regular Member

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    The one with category included, it's most of the time better for seo because you'll have more potential keywords in the url.
     
  5. washington2010

    washington2010 Regular Member

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    Conflicting answers :D

    Any other comments?
     
  6. BassTrackerBoats

    BassTrackerBoats Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    I set all of my WP sites up like this:

    mysite.com/title-of-blog-post

    Also in backlinking, make sure that you backlink your category pages.. not just your article pages.
     
  7. washington2010

    washington2010 Regular Member

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    Makes sense
     
  8. thinkdevoid

    thinkdevoid Regular Member

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    Not a conflicting answer. I just meant not to put category as the first part of the custom permalink.

    from the wordpress codex site:

    "For performance reasons, it is not a good idea to start your permalink structure with the category, tag, author, or postname fields. The reason is that these are text fields, and using them at the beginning of your permalink structure it takes more time for WordPress to distinguish your Post URLs from Page URLs (which always use the text "page slug" as the URL), and to compensate, WordPress stores a lot of extra information in its database (so much that sites with lots of Pages have experienced difficulties). "

    Like mentioned... many people overlook this XD
     
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  9. washington2010

    washington2010 Regular Member

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    This is not a wordpress site. More for products.

    Thanks for the reply.
     
  10. washington2010

    washington2010 Regular Member

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    I thought you meant to remove the category from the url and he said to keep it in.

    The argument to keep the category in for keywords in the url is a good one. This is not a wordpress site.

    Thanks for the reply.
     
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    thinkdevoid Regular Member

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    Indeed. I see the edit about not being Wordpress :) My original answer was before you changed that. lol.
     
  12. washington2010

    washington2010 Regular Member

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    Yep, thanks for your contribution though.