Structuring the hierarchy of your navigation on your website remains an important key factor in the way that a search engine spider robot reads thru your website. Absolute vs relative linking on primary and secondary pages of your website has changed drastically since the official launch of Google. Referencing pages internally on your website has great significance in link popularity and development of an overall theme on your website. Other synonyms for ‘absolute vs relative linking’ on your website is also known as anchored text.
The Google Webmaster Guidelines remains the universal guide to best SEO practices and submission of your website to its index. In the old days the interlinking process on secondary pages of your website was of great importance and something that was valued by the GoogleBOT. Due to the increase of demand for SEO and Google indexing this particular requirement was changed and flagged. Previously it was in the best SEO interest of every website that they used absolute linking method of links and images within their website. Because of the growing use of content management systems such as Joomla, WordPress, Drupal, and many other of similar caliber Google eased up on the ‘absolute vs relative linking‘ requirement of pages on your website. These particular applications have a built-in functionality that uses only relative linking.
Absolute Linking Method
- Example: <a href=”http://www.mydomain.com/category/index.php” target=”_blank”>This is a test</a>
- Here we are linking the “This is a test” text using an absolute linking method to the index.php page of our website. A method that used to be of best practice and favored by the Google search engine.
Relative Linking Method
- Example: <a href=”category/index.php” target=”_blank”>This is a test</a>
- In this case we are linking the “This is a test” text using a relative linking method by referencing the path of the page without the primary domain included in the reference path. Most content management systems that are available on the web today will automatically include the url of the address that your website is currently installed on.
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