QueryStrings and search engines

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  1. #1
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    Dec 1969

    Default QueryStrings and search engines

    Most search engines (apart from google) will not crawl links that use querystrings (test.asp?x=y).<BR><BR>I have a site that contains details of approx 40 products. Instead of creating separate directories and webpages for each product we have created a single details page with an html content area. The html content for each product is provided by an SQL database. We use a querystring to determine which product content to show (eg: productdetails.asp?product=bluewidget). This saves us the trouble of having to go through and update every productdetails.asp page when a general change is made.<BR><BR>This is great, but.... most search engines don&#039;t see the content (because they don&#039;t crawl links with querystrings) therefore we are about to change to the directory method. However, I am wondering if there is a better way.<BR><BR>Any recommendations?<BR><BR>Thanks in advance.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 1969

    Default RE: QueryStrings and search engines

    I haven&#039;t ever really noticed a problem like you are describing. I am assuming that you are referring to a particular engine. The reason I say that is that a large quantity of the web sites today are dynamic. Dynamic means that the page will be built based on parameters that are passed through it, either through a querystring (links) or through form elements.<BR><BR>I don&#039;t think that "most" search engines will not spyder a site because there are query string elements.

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