Let me show you a method that YAHOO likes much better than GOOGLE.
THis client had to have several long pages catered to rural clients. My objective was to provide a great deal of good info for the little rural water utility company and make it easy to navigate internally.
Believe me YAHOO likes the internal page links pbetter than GOOGLE.
YAHOO has slammed them "hands down" in the stats from day 1!
I think the GOOG may see it as excessive, even though it isn't.
Maybe the concept of design for the visitor, doesn't always apply.
Exception! - They seem to be catching up a little after this last update.
Moral of the story - Be careful about what might be considered excessive internal linking;
GOOG recommends textural links to your other pages. This can also be done in various interactive means for a better visitor experience using CSS.
And then play around here:
Yahoo prefers relative links. IMO opinion you should always use absolute URLs. I believe Google actually stated it prefers absolute URLs. I have heard absolute URL's will cause less spidering by the bot but I have never experienced it. Our site use only absolute URL's and are indexed deep daily by all 3 major SE's. Also it cuts down on internal duplicate content, if a spider gets a hold of page as host name, domain name, SSL, etc:
We could always run a test. You use relative links. I can place links to your site as domain name and host name and let see what happens? If your not using 301's I hope you enjoy duplicate content. AT the very least you are going to get one page indexed as duplicate content and then every URL on that page will be recorded to be indexed in the same fashion. Game?
domain name and host name? Explain that a bit further if you don't mind. Not positive what your meaning is. As for duplicate content, that is a possible by-poduct, however, google does do pretty well at fixing domain.com to correspond to www.domain.com in a couple months automatically, so that really is a non issue.Originally Posted by DMC_34
Now if you meant 2 completely differing url's such as domain.com/category1 displaying the same page as category.domain.com, then yes, you most likely would see a dupe issue.
Originally Posted by williamc
host name link = http://www.mydomain.com/
domain name link = http://mydomain.com/
I have seen both version in 2 of my sites. They are duplicate content of each other. Google by nature will take and use only one. It seems they usually pick the original. I will say when 18 pages in our index where just as domain name instead of host home we dropped on those keywords in Google. After I put in 301 redirects and fixed those pages the keyword rankings went back up for those pages. Coincedence? Maybe. But bottom line, use absolute URL's to be safer. We have about 1200 bot hits a day from Google, MSN, and Yahoo and we use only absolute URL's. I am sure Slurp might index more if we used relative but if its regualry indexed anyway why bother, go on the safe side.