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    Internal backlinks


    Hi,

    I am beginning a new SEO campain.
    I wanted to ask here in terms of SEO wich is better for interal linking.

    Relative path or absolute path?

    Examples:

    Link from home to a secundary page:
    <a href="toysforkids.html">Toys for kids</a>

    or

    Link from home to a secundary page:
    <a href="http://www.thedomain.com/toysforkids.html">Toys for kids</a>

    Wich one of these is better seen by google?

    Appreciate any answer.

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    Hi,



    Iím sure Iím not the first one with this question, but this is the first related thread that I found.

    My problem is very similar to the above :

    Iím rewriting my site and I am changing the internal links from ../page/ to ../page/index.htm

    Now I have two of the same pages indexed. And I think thatís not a very good thing.


    What do you think is the right way for an internal link:

    ../page/

    ../page/index.htm

    or :

    http://www.mydomian.com/page/index.htm

    I want to do it right this time !
    A lot of thanks.

    Rick
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    chechogr - it really doesn't matter if you use relative of absolute links (from a SEO standpoint). Just don't ever refer to your home page as http://...../index.html if you don't use that url on your EXTERNAL backlinks as well.

    The examples you show have an identical effect, especially since you use the same nice anchor text on both.

    Of course I would choose the relative one, because it is easier to "maintain" and takes up less space.

    rick74 - as I said: index.htm is not really a good idea, unless you expect to get ALL your backlinks (internal and inbound) to point to that url.

    For example, one of my sites can be found at something like www.mydomain.com/mysite/ All my backlinks point to that directory-style url. Now, if I linked to the same page (from within my site) with the index.htm added, that link's BL and PR count would NOT be added to the original one. That would be a bit of a waste, wouldn't it?
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    hi my webspace is free off my isp

    http://homepage.ntlworld.com/mysite and my main page is called index.htm where should my inbound links point to

    http://homepage.ntlworld.com/mysite or http://homepage.ntlworld.com/mysite/index.htm

    thanks for tip

    (ooooh i have just checked those hyperlinks there actually is a site at that address oops, its not myne just using it as an example)
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    Thank's Wit,

    There's just one thing, all the deeplinks to my site's
    are like this www.mypage.com/page

    The internal links are ../page/ So with a / at the end

    Should i add the / at the end of the link or just stick by the way external links look without the /

    Thank's
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    Wit Please don't mention Patty Brard in this forum !!
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    It depends... Do you already have LOTS of backlinks from other sites to yours? If so, then copy the url you used there (or the one they used if they were spontaneous backlinks). If not, then use...

    http://h0mepage.ntlw0rld.c0m/mysite/

    ...for both internal and inbound links from now on. Note the trailing slash: it is the best way to show that mysite is in fact a directory and that the browser should search for a file like index.html or equivalent...

    Don't forget to use a nice bit of anchor text (the clickable text of a link) with your main keywords in it. Just like the original poster of this thread did in his examples
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    Originally Posted by Wit
    It depends... Do you already have LOTS of backlinks from other sites to yours? If so, then copy the url you used there (or the one they used if they were spontaneous backlinks). If not, then use...

    http://h0mepage.ntlw0rld.c0m/mysite/

    ...for both internal and inbound links from now on. Note the trailing slash: it is the best way to show that mysite is in fact a directory and that the browser should search for a file like index.html or equivalent...

    Don't forget to use a nice bit of anchor text (the clickable text of a link) with your main keywords in it. Just like the original poster of this thread did in his examples
    Thank's again
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    Originally Posted by rick74
    ...Please don't mention Patty Brard in this forum !!
    Patty Brard Patty Brard Patty Brard.

    Sorry rick74. In a way she's cool (in a gross way - heh).

    Anyway - i figured out that people were talking about MamaInMichigan, one of our earlier members and well respected. (Infinitely more respected than PB LOL)
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    Thanks wit,

    Any other opinions on relative or absolute URL for internal links?
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    Theorectically, there's no difference. However practically, I have found that G tends to index more pages if the full physical path is used.

    I have no idea why. But over the past year I converted links on two sites and now both have most pages fully indexed, and showing up as backlinks.

    I don't think it is a huge difference, but I think there is one. So generally, I make sure I have at least one full path to and from each page. Additional links to the page or back home I leave as relative.
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    chechogr, i use relatives except for links back to my index... where the links just have my domain.

    as for the directory/ with the trailing slash, its not so important, but is standard practice when linking to a directory, so you should do it anyway... a trailing slash should also be added to the end of a domain apparently... http://www.mysite.com/

    Rick74, btw, you might want to setup your .htaccess to 301 traffic from your old urls to the new directory urls to avoid tripping G's duplicate content filter.
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    So, it doesnt make a difference.

    I did find a big site with lots of internal links with the full URLS getting good results in google.
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    Having the anchor text on your internal links is much more important.

    It might actually help your ranking for your keywords, whereas a link to your home page called Home won't do you any good. But you already know that

    Note: you can link to your home page using href="/" instead of the full domain. In my case I should use href="/mysite/".

    I have never seen evidence of the phenomenon that longcall911 describes, but it could be true. Test it if you want to be sure, but remember that other (unknown) effects may affect the outcome.
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    I am moving to use the full absolute path on all of my sites. I don't have hard data to support that this is better but here are my reasons...

    It forces www.egol.com or egol.com

    My better domain names are keyword.com and there may be benefit to having a keyword showing in the URL

    It makes it a little more difficult for some of the content grabbers to pirate my site.
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    Yep yep, I try entirely for absolute myself. Though I admit to sometimes getting lazy with dreamweaver and forget to do the edit to links until later....lol


    No documented reason for ranking higher, I just like the absolute and the fact as Egol pointed out virtually all my domains contain KW phrases and this is always a bonus however small and even if it's just in my own little mind

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