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    Google indexing php pages?


    Hi,

    Just wondering if google can index pages like :

    mydomain.com/?page=shop/browse

    I launched my site last month but Google didn't index my pages, just the main domain. Also, I'm linked from many places (where Google comes from to visit my site, actually very often looking at my logs) but after the this dance, when I search link:www.mydomain.com , nothing comes up. On some of my partners sites, the text of the link pointing to my site is Mydomain.com. I searched only mydomain.com and I found 8 pages of sites. And these are only the sites that have MyDomain.com as text link, Imagine the other places I could find with the link: search. After this dance my PR is 0 (white). I'm in the dmoz directory and everything should be fine. What's the problem? At the beginning, when I launched my site, google seemed to like me : I was in top 10 positions for ALL of my targeted keywords.

    If you want to review my site please PM me and I will send you the link.

    THANK YOU ALL!!!

    PS. this forum is a really good idea, keep it up!
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    Slash in the Query String


    I have a few pages that use a "/" in the querystring. Google has yet to spider one of them, so I'm pretty sure it does not like it. Mine are ASP pages to it's not just PHP. An example of mine would be:

    www.mydomain.com/fileshow.asp?FN=directory/file.html
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    Hi,

    thanks, but does anyone know for sure? because that means I have to redo my site and leave php generated pages only for the shopping cart section. If google can't index all of my info pages, i'm in BIG trouble.
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    Originally posted by "confiden"

    If google can't index all of my info pages, i'm in BIG trouble.
    I suggest to recreate that part of the site wher information is crucial, because although Google claims to be able to index dynamic pages ( with parameters sent via URL) it admits that it has limitations.

    I'm in the same position with a site, that does have more the 3/4 of the pages generated dynamically through the same script. I checked on Google and only few of them were indexed. And the logs show the same thing: not all the pages were crawled.
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    i was running into the same problem, what is your site's url? We may have some helpful tips
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    We are running a website that uses dymanic content (converted to html from xml by server side java)

    Anyway, as with all parameter based pages the nromal query string or URL looks like:

    www.dolithe.com/action.do?_pageId=123

    We got around this by using a re-write module for apache web server that allows us to change the URL. Our new URL (indexed by google) looks like this:

    www.dolithe.com/action.do/_pageId__123

    There are some regular expressions that change the URL back to the parameters version in apache... Google seems to like it as it looks like a path to a static file.

    If you need more information please visit www.dolithe.com (our company) or one of the client sites.
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    urlencode?


    Did anyone try urlencoding the parameters in the URL before writing the link?

    e.g.
    $link = "mydomain.com/?page=".urlencode('shop/browse');
    echo "<a href=\"$link\">Link Text</a>";

    The / gets replaced by %2f so:
    $link == "mydomain.com/?page=shop%2Fbrowse"

    I'm guessing this may get the page indexed in Google.
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    Google can and does index PHP pages. As is the case here. One of my forums is phpbb and it gets indexed fine, but we have had to tinker with the code to make it spiderable. We also have a html copy of the entire forum as well for backup ;)
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    The urlencode method is a very simple way of doing this and is a novel use of it.

    Personaly I would recomend the mod_rewrite module in apache (assuming you are using apache).
    You can then rewrtie dynamic URLs with SEO in mind! This is the best solution!
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    Here is an example of a .php page that is indexed and ranked


    remove the &&&& and take a look

    http://&&&&web-design-is.us/web-design-is65.php?op=listlinks&cat_id=741
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    there is nothing wrong with PHP


    Hi all,

    I also use PHP with one of my sites... and I have to say that I have no problems getting pages indexed.

    If anything, I think your problem lies with the "/" that you are using.

    My PHP links look like this:

    mysite.com/subpage.php?opt=option1

    and

    mysite.com/subpage.php?opt=option1&color=blue

    This is working fine for me and the spiders are happy... G has shown no problems following these kind of PHP links.

    Just a thought.
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    Yeh they do work

    I think the reason the afore mentioned site was not working is because it has a virtual directory (denoted by the /) which probably doesn't exist. I don't think Google can determine this and thinks it is a dead link - which is probably more harmful than if it wasn't there at all!

    So without totaly re designing the site - you are left with mod_rewrite - which can greatly bennefit a dynamic site with regards to SEO.
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    tstolber: Yes I agree that the problem is with the / & hence the suggestion of urlencoding (or at least replacing the / with %2f.

    Good suggestion too about using the rewrite engine. I've not tried it yet but will be doing soon.
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    Yes I had a problem with my sites getting indexed when I had an ampersign (&) and spacers (%20) in my extensions. I replaced them with a + and evreything worked great except it 5 hrs to recode. But it was well worth it.
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    This thread was started in January 2003. Olmec only picked it up so he could plug his company.

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