05 Jul '18, 11am

Google 10 Years Later: Absolute Vs Relative URLs Doesn't Matter For SEO

Google 10 Years Later: Absolute Vs Relative URLs Doesn't Matter For SEO

There are pros and cons to both absolute and relative URLs in links: Absolute URLs: + help keep the links pointing to your content if someone were to copy it (*) + help keep the links pointing to your domain name if you cannot select a canonical (can't do 301 redirects) + help make sure that you're pointing to the right URL even if you move things around (say for stylesheets or graphics) - cannot be tested on a staging / testing server (eg locally) (unless you insert the links dynamically) - makes it hard to move content (unless the links are inserted dynamically) Relative URLs: + make it easy to move content around + make it easy to test locally and on a staging server - are easy to break if linking to content that isn't moved as well (stylesheet, graphics, etc) - an evil scraper would have less work (*) There's a middle ground as well, using absolute links without a doma...

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