[ic] Rewriting URLs for SEO purposes - help!

Jon prtyof5 at attglobal.net
Mon Apr 11 22:22:57 EDT 2005

> >
> >
> > We've all seen /scan/ URLs in IC, right?
> > http://www.store.com/scan/st=db/co=yes/sf=prod_group/se=product_to_find, or
> > whatever it needs to be for your specific search. Well, that URL is all well
> > and fine, and it works perfectly, but it's terrible for search engines.
> Explain why this is terrible for search engines? As far as I know, they
> work fine for that purpose.

        My understanding, though I may be wrong, is that Google in particular
does not like dynamic pages and any URL that contains certain
characters such as = ? & is considered a link to a dynamically
generated page. Maybe this doesn't hold true anymore... you never
can say for sure with Google.

> WRT th ActionMap, there is a pretty suitable example in the standard
> demo (from a nightly build or CVS) which does a prod_group/category
> search. It would be easily adapted -- look for ncheck_category.
> Also, if you put in interchange.cfg:
>         AcceptRedirect  Yes
> and in httpd.conf:
>         <LocationMatch "/[^/]*.html?$">
>            ErrorDocument  404 /cgi-bin/store
>         </LocationMatch>
> that will route not-found documents to Interchange with a
> path of /product_name.html. That can then be processed by
> the ActionMap.

       In any case I need to try ActionMaps for my next cart.
What I did was I forced through a method of using the search
facility and symbolic links. It works, looks good and I assume
the SEs like it.


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