"id" as parameter in URLs

Test Weight: normal

Search engines do not include pages in their indexes which contain "?id=" or "&id=" in their URL or query string. Examples:

http://www.anyaddress.com/index.html?id=727

http://www.anyaddress.com/products.aspx?category=3&id=7

Google does actually index those pages since Autumn 2006, in contrast to their previous practice. Still, those URLs are not advisable since they do not specify how other objects are called, they mean nothing to users and they are not optimised for search engines. An additional tool is available for this test, which allows to highlight any warnings, tips and hints in the source text of the website. You can find this tool here:
http://www.qualidator.com/Web/en/ProductsServices/SiteAnalyzer2.htm

"If you decide to use dynamic pages (i.e., the URL contains a "?" character), be aware that not every search engine spider crawls dynamic pages as well as static pages. It helps to keep the parameters short and the number of them few."

Bad examples:
http://www.irgendeineadresse.com/index.html?id=727

http://www.irgendeineadresse.com/products.aspx?category=3&id=7

Source:
http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?answer=35769
An additional tool is available for this test, which allows to highlight any warning, hints and tips in the source text of the website. Click here for the tool: http://www.qualidator.com/Web/en/ProductsServices/SiteAnalyzer2.htm

Test Results

  • Total 100% 100000
  • Not tested 0% 0
  • Warning 0% 0
  • Suggestion 4.2% 4245
  • Hint 0% 0
  • Passed 95.7% 95755
  • Total amount of tests run.
  • This test was not carried out for this website.
  • The category Warning is not being used for this test.
  • The tested website contains "?id=" or "&id=" in the URL (in the part called 'querystring').
  • The category Hint is not being used for this test.
  • The tested website complies with the requirements.

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