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Got a question... What is the best web iPage hosting service for a small monthly fee? Thanks for any answer. 2nd question I got is.. I have seen sites that have their products listed in the address bar when you click on them. So you will see this:.

Http://www.yoursite/product_info.php/name/...products_id/116.

(this link won't take yoy anywhere).

Instead of the normal:.

Http://www.yoursite/catalog/product_info.p...9a4016389586624.

(this link won't take yoy anywhere).

Apparently this massively increases your traffic as spiders can find products names alot more easily so all your products can get indexed quicker..

Does anyone know if this is true?.

I have installed all_products contributions and placed hidden links on my sites to it so that spiders can index my products, and from within all_products.php the products name does apear in the address bar when you click on them. But like I say I have seen os commerce shops that have made this happen on all their products from the catagory menu..

Does anyone know how to do this, or have I missed something in the all products contrubtion?.

My Webpage..

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That's a good question. I'm not sure what is the right answer. I'll do some poking around and get back to you if I bump into an good answer. You should email the people at iPage as they probably can answer it..

Comment #1

This is a feature I was not aware of..

Is it recommendable to set 'search engine friendly' as true ? .

... any reason not to do this ?

Comment #2

In my admin config, this says: Use Search-Engine Safe URLs (still in development).

I then set it to true and it didn't do anything. Do I need to get the upgrade added on or something?..

Comment #3

No, seeing SEF links to TRUE will not put the product name in your URL..

What it does do is take out the '?' and the '=' in the url and turns them into '/'..

In the old days (on the web, that means 2 or 3 years ago), this used to be necessary because search engines didn't recognize dynamic links with those characters in them. The result was that they wouldn't include your product pages in their index..

Nowdays, this is no longer necessary. All major search engines recognize dynamic links with those characters, and index them equally with static URLs with only '/' in them..

Prodcut names in your URL, delimited properly, does give you a boost in index placement, but I wouldn't consider it a 'massive increase' as you've described..

Another consideration is key phrase proximity in the URL. This means that the closer to the beginning of hte URL that it finds the key phrase, the better. But again, this is only a small benifit..

Yet another consideration is the *length* of the URL. The shorter the URL the better. Unfortunatly, this actually works against you when you add the keyword to the URL, because you're are making the URL longer. So, you have to weigh the pros and cons when considering this. Is adding the key phrase to your URL going to benifit you more than the longer URL will hurt you. Probably, but the end result in positive index ranking will likely not be noticable..

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Wizardsandwars.

: 30 August 2004, 14:55..

Comment #4

So how would I go about getting the product names in the address bar then?..

Comment #5

You would find each place that OSC builds a link, and add it there..

No easy task..

Or, you might be able to add it to the OSC function that creates the HTML link...

Comment #6

This one gives you the the category/manefacturer name + product name in the url.....

Http://www.oscommerc...ributions,1731/.

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Toyicebear.

: 31 August 2004, 18:46..

Comment #7

Thanks lot Nick, I will have a go at installing that one in the morning...

Comment #8

I have seen sites that have their products listed in the address bar when you click on them. So you will see this:.

Http://www.yoursite/product_info.php/name/...products_id/116.

(this link won't take yoy anywhere).

Instead of the normal:.

Http://www.yoursite/catalog/product_info.p...9a4016389586624.

(this link won't take yoy anywhere).

Apparently this massively increases your traffic as spiders can find products names alot more easily so all your products can get indexed quicker..

Does anyone know if this is true?.

I have installed all_products contributions and placed hidden links on my sites to it so that spiders can index my products, and from within all_products.php the products name does apear in the address bar when you click on them. But like I say I have seen os commerce shops that have made this happen on all their products from the catagory menu..

Does anyone know how to do this, or have I missed something in the all products contrubtion?.

My Webpage..

Comment #9

Well, the change in product address is easily done by going into your admin configuration and setting search engine friendly links as true...

Comment #10


This question was taken from a support group/message board and re-posted here so others can learn from it.