[thelist] SEO

raskenbo raskenbo at gmail.com
Fri May 13 05:33:59 CDT 2005

On 5/13/05, Christian Heilmann <codepo8 at gmail.com> wrote:
> > > Another stopper can be if your links are overly complicated like
> > > index.php?section=1&content=23&style=5.
> >
> > I understand this is mostly OK now, unless you've lots and lots and
> > lots of paramaters being passed.
> It is might be OK for search engines, but can be still really really
> annoying for human users.
> Have you ever sent a link like that to a friend by email? A lot of
> email clients randomnly add spaces, killing the link.

> Chris Heilmann
> Blog: http://www.wait-till-i.com
> Writing: http://icant.co.uk/
> Binaries: http://www.onlinetools.org/

It's also just plain ugly when you have to link to such sites from a
site that you're maintaining and not very meaningful to humans.

So, when I have to update broken "uglyurl.com" links that are on my
site, the url tells me nothing about where the page is located in the
site's hierarchy. I have to start from the homepage and find my way to
said page. This isn't always a trivial thing on large sites (of course
I use google instead).

Ok. I'm nitpicking but it does happen. Why use ugly urls unless you
need to. To me it's just another part of good usability.

Ken Chase
Freelance Web Design

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