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    Originally Posted by javaweb
    Definitely URLs with query strings are penalized.
    No they are not. Dynamic URLs are not search engine friendly. Though Google can crawl and index such URLs but static ones are preferred.

    Besides this, not every search engine can crawl and index such URLs.

    From the user point of view, searchers are more prone on clicking on static URLs in the SERPs rather than on URLs crammed with long query strings and parameters.

    I too am curious about keywords in URLs. I set up our blogging software so that it takes the title of the blog and makes it into a URL like this: /blog/Orchid-flower-arrangement-ab884aeffe884849.html
    Keyword in URL helps! But don't go overboard on this. If you have a page of "flower arrangement", then it's best to use the file name as http://www.domain.com/flower-arrangement.html

    The last hex string there is actually the encrypted blog entry number. Is this type of URL good, or would I do better to trim it down some?
    No such problem with ranks, but trimming down will be better.

    I have noticed that these URLs do show up quickly in Google after I add them, and our site is not a high-pagerank site.
    How do you define quickly ??

    Make 2 pages, one with a static URL and another with a dynamic one with long query strings and many parameters.

    Link to those 2 URLs from the same page.

    Repeat this experiment 10 times and then make a conclusion as to which one get indexed QUICKLY !

    Honestly, it's not a good practice to reach conclusions without proper experimentation and tests.

    Good Luck friend

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    Originally Posted by learnerseo
    I understood all of your points...
    But as pro_seo and JakeCop mentioned that URLs with greater weightage shows up first in the SERPs followed by an indented truncated URL of the same site...
    my client website is not facing the similar situation.It is displaying only the truncated URL in the results. Please explain.
    Honestly I have no explanation for this.

    I do not know the basis on which Google truncate URLs.

    Any experts opinion on this would be highly appreciated.
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    Originally Posted by pro_seo
    Honestly I have no explanation for this.
    True
    Originally Posted by pro_seo
    I do not know the basis on which Google truncate URLs.
    I am not sure also,but I feel the over all value (Back Link power,trust rank etc) of that page might be a factor.
    May be I am wrong,as you said some experts comments can help us.
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    Thanks for the suggestions on the links. We'll keep keywords in there, keep in the short hex string, and try to shorten them generally.

    We have totally avoided using query params in our site's pages, so it's not a concern. I don't understand all the intricacies, but it seems like URLs should look nice, look static, be short, and be human-readable, so that's what I do.
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