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    Question Blog Application URL structure advice


    First post on here so hi all

    I am in the process of developing a simple blog application and wanted to know if the following URL structure would be ok for being indexed. I don't have the ability to rewrite URL's so I was hoping to use the format below and just parse the querystring...

    Wordpress structure:
    somedomain.com/2008/08/02/some-article-title-about-something/

    My proposed structure:
    somedomain.com/?/2008/08/02/some-article-title-about-something/

    The only real difference between the 2 URL's is the addition of the question mark, however, I don't know if this will have a big impact on seo?

    Thanks in advance for any help, it would be appreciated
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    Google can read question marks in URLS no problem.

    Seems a strange url set-up to go for.

    If this renders properly, communicates with your db and server side you get a 200 OK from Googlebot this is OK.

    Check a website as Google Bot

    http://www.smart-it-consulting.com/internet/google/googlebot-spoofer/
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    Hi sandpetra,

    Thanks loads for the help... I've posted this question on a couple of other forums and you're the first to have actually read what I was saying and provide relevant feedback

    I checked out the GoogleBot link you posted and everything is fine, I get the 200 OK response.

    Originally Posted by sandpetra
    Seems a strange url set-up to go for.
    Is there another url structure you think would be better for seo? keeping in mind I am stuck with standard URLs (no rewriting)

    I chose:

    somedomain.com/?/2008/08/02/some-article-title-about-something/

    as it closely matches most other blog links and the querystring contains only one parameter which I read was a good thing, rather than:

    somedomain.com/index.shtml?year=2008&month=08&day=02&article=some-article-title-about-something

    Thanks again for the help

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