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Understanding SEO Friendly URLs


On this article, we’ll talk about URLs(Universal Resource Locator) present in all existing websites and why we need to make them “SEO friendly”.

Making our website’s URLs friendly is a very important task, especially when it comes to SEO. But an important thing to note is that it isn’t only the SEO specialists task: developers are responsible for preparing domains as well.

Some web developers don’t need to worry about making SEO-friendly domains since they use applications or platforms that have built-in SEO capabilities like WordPress, Joomla, Macromedia Dreamweaver, among others. But for web developers who manually create their websites using PHP, they’ll still need to practice making their sites’ URL SEO-friendly on their own.

What is an SEO Friendly URL?

To illustrate my point, I’ll site some examples that can be classified as un-friendly URLs. Here are the following:


These sites are not SEO-friendly. Why? Because SEO friendly domains should be devoid of coding language like id=1 or =$; instead, an SEO-ready domain should use simple words or phrases than even non-web developers can understand.

On the other hand, here are some of the examples of URL’s which I think Google will love:


As you can see, the second set of domains listed above doesn’t have coding languages unlike the first set.

Why make SEO Friendly URL?

Making your URLs SEO-friendly will work to your advantage because your site will be easily acknowledged by search engines like Google, Yahoo, and Bing.  From a human point of view, you will find it easier to remember a particular page and it clearly tells you what the page it is all about.

Another advantage is that, the words in the URL might match the search keywords, hence bringing more traffic to your website. It essence, clear domains can make a huge difference when it comes to optimizing your websites for the search engines.

Simple tips on how to make your URLs SEO friendly

To make SEO friendly URLs, we need to set up ‘rewriters’. But that term, we can say that rewriters will rewrite our un-friendly URLs to make it more SEO Friendly URLs. By this process, we sometimes make our own ‘Rewrite rules’, page re-direction, etc. But that’s shouldn’t be a big deal for us.

For those who do not work on platforms that provides built-in SEO Friendly URLs, I recommend that you use the .htaccess(hypertext access) file. Using .htaccess and mod rewrite, you can make SEO Friendly URLs.

Start making your site’s URLs ‘SEO Friendly URLs’ and you’ll get a good impression with Google, Yahoo, Bing and other existing search engines!

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Article written by Mr. Radney Miranda.