Apr 12, 2011

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Are shorten urls SEO friendly? …. Yes

Shorten URLs will be used especially at Social Media sites to share web pages and interesting links. People are spending hours and hours in front of Facebook, Twitter etc, so URL Shortener services are increasing day by day. Most of people have this question that whether these short URLs are SEO friendly or not. 


Usually shorten URLs will redirect to destination URLs. We need to find out whether these redirections are permanent (301) or temporary (302). We have few free tools on the web to check it. Yes, URL Shorten Services are using permanent 301 redirection which is search engine friendly. Please have a look at the following screenshot and video for better understanding.


 

Mattcutts explaining the same in the following video:






24 comments:

  1. Hello
    Nice update keep it on.....

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  2. That was a great update from you

    Thanks for sharing

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  3. @SynapseIndia @warriorz Thank you guys :)

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  4. Could you please let me know from where to get those tools to check the redirects.

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  5. I Agree. shorten URLs will help in Social Media websites. Great Article!

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  6. @Ranjit Plenty of tools available online. Here is the tool which i use http://www.internetofficer.com/seo-tool/redirect-check/

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  7. That is great post for seo. It's very nice. Thanks for shearing your ideas.

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  8. Shorten URL is no problem in SEO but terms of security it is too risky especially the malicious ware may harm to your computer.

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  9. no doubt that shorten url's help in social media sites like as twitter, facebook and also thanks for providing url to check redirects.

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  10. i have one more doubt.. I have used this url shorter for creating forum signature..
    We can use this url shorter for form or not.. it is effective or not

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  11. Thanks Sankar for the link of checking the redirection.

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  12. Ya definitely ,It's true that shorten URLs helps a lot in social media websites.

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  13. @benivolent We can use URL shortens for forum signatures too.

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  14. Definitely its a very useful update.

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  15. Good post.. thanks for sharing your information with the help of video.

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  16. i want to know more about 301 permanent redirection.

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  17. Yes,Indeed ......its absolutely works

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  18. But Dear what do google like it? and what is redirections are permanent (301) or temporary (302)please describe this words....

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  19. Yeah Use of shorten URLs are increasing day by day.As per google statistics and SEO point of view, the click rate on long urls is very less in SERPS. It is very hard to write or to remember long URL for a common user.

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  20. Nice post about shorten url. I also have some questions about this but after reading this post most of questions are cleared.

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  21. All converters are not necessarily having the 301 redirects, they some time have 302 & 303, so be careful while choosing all such stuffs

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  22. Really that one is very tremendous explanation i am 100% agree.shorten url help to social media site. thank u for u r sharing a valuable topic...

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  23. This is right, there's no point of passing anchor text value when your using short urls. Don't even expect to get a dofollow link juice from them.
    seo wiki

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