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    Dynamic pages and Google spiders
    Hi all,

    I've read many conflicting things about Google ranking and dynamic pages. I'm not sure I understand the impact of dynamic pages (with content pulled from databases) on Google ranking.

    Help?

    Connie--whose life would be MUCH easier using php and databases for her growing sites but who isn't doing so hot in rankings even BEFORE using php. {sigh}

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    My current take on this (and perhaps others will differ) is that dynamic pages are (still) good. You'll find the spiders going all over your site.

    The problem is that many people just slap in their data feed and don't differentiate their pages from the others running the same feed. So, my recommendation is to use a combination of your own original content supplemented with feed contents so that your pages are both dynamic AND original.
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    My opinion is the same as the last poster as well. Dynamic pages are fine. Just look at some of your favorite websites that appear high in the SERP's and you'll find most of them are dynamic. Some have re-written URL's which I guess helps, but even so, it won't make or break you. Getting some unique and interesting content on your site is what is important.

    Don't forget to keep in mind other aspects of SEO when designing your dynamic site like the use of <h1><h2> tags, <p> and <li> tags, <meta> description and keyword tags and <title> tags. these are the things that will really get your site moving in the SERP's.

    Finally, remember, moving up in the SERP's takes time and requires you to be very mindful about every piece of text you place on your page and what tags that text is placed between.

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    dynamic urls
    Dynamic pages are great - but in terms of SEO, a page with a name of buy-product-manufacturer.html is always better then query.php?product=widget&manufacturer=widget-makers-r-us&model=2222

    It's fairly easy to do with rewritable URLs..

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    Quote Originally Posted by oziman
    Dynamic pages are great - but in terms of SEO, a page with a name of buy-product-manufacturer.html is always better then query.php?product=widget&manufacturer=widget-makers-r-us&model=2222

    It's fairly easy to do with rewritable URLs..
    I agree with Oziman. But when I face to rewrite this dynamic page query.php?product=widget-1&manufacturer=widget%2C+wiget+%26+wiget&model=wiget%2F4%2F3+red, I prefer to leave it dynamic.
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    IRS - why?

    It wouldn't be that difficult to rewrite..

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    Oziman, the dynamic code has all combinations of ‘-‘,’+’,’&’,’/’, and ‘,’. I could not find a way to rewrite it into a simple easy read html. I would very much appreciate, if you could help me with a hint.
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    If you're using PHP, you should try urlencode and urldecode functions.

    without seeing the specific code, it's hard for me to help.

    pm me for detail

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    PM sent. Thanks
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    If you must display dynamic pages and cannot rewrite you URLs you definitely observe the following best practices:

    1) Always keep the parameters in the same order. This keeps duplicate pages out of the SE indexes.

    2) Do not create URLs with empty parameter values. Keep it clean.

    3) Limit the number of parameters to 3 or less where possible.

    Here's the official Google Webmaster note on dynamic pages:
    http://www.google.com/support/webmas...y?answer=34431

    Does not say not to use them but it does say that their crawler can have problems with them. Choice is yours.

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