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winnerdk
 March 26 2007 08:23 AM (Read 2553 times)  
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Right now robots and web crawlers are only seeing about 100 pages of my website. I have more than 3,700 articles posted, but once they fall off of the front page and are "pushed" into the topics, they are behind the ? for dynamic url generation.

For example, in the Real Estate category:

http://www.panama-guide.com/index.php?topic=realestate

The search engines can't see any of the articles in the category itself.

I understand there is an apache url_rewrite module than can be used to overcome this. I contacted my host, and they said:

Hello,

As authoring mod_rewrite rules falls under the category of coding support, and we do not offer coding support at this time, the best I can do for you is to provide you with the following URL:

http://www.sitepoint.com/article/guide-url-rewriting

At this URL, you will find an excellent tutorial on working with mod_rewrite, along with real-world examples. Please let us know if we can be of any further assistance with this.

Regards,
Tim


So, I really need to fix this problem because as far as the search engines are concerned, they can only see the tip of the database. And, I'm breaking my butt to build a great collection of information that is not being indexed.

What can I do? Any help, pointers, suggestions, or fixes would be greatly (greatly) appreciated.

Thankos muchos.


 
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 March 26 2007 08:37 AM  
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Update from the host: I now understand that I need to (write or have written) some code for the url_rewrite module, which is handled through the .htaccess file.

Right now the .htaccess file is there but it's empty.

What do I need to put into the file to allow Google and the rest of the search engines to see my entire site?

Floundering, here...

Don


 
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 March 26 2007 09:55 AM  
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Ok. I know know (from the host) that The httpd.conf file is currently configured such that you should be able to do this. In regard to resetting the web server after writing these rules, this should not be necessary as the .htaccess is loaded each time a file from your domain is requested. Please let us know if we can be of any further assistance.

So, I don't need access to httpd.conf file or to be able to reset the server.

But, I still need to know what to put in the .htaccess file to make it Google friendly (er).

And I'm asking here because I can't get to geeklog.net and I saw in the forum archives an earlier discussion regarding url_rewrite about a similar problem.

This has got to be a major issue for everyone out there using Geeklog...


 
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 October 24 2007 13:10 PM  
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The simplest way to support mod_rewrite is to change your hosting service provider. :?

I always use Pair. You can see my software downloads site which using Pair with mod_rewrite function.


 
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