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link to http://www.mysite.com or index.html?

cat asked 1 year ago
Is it better to name the links in the navigation bar

like

http://www.mysite.com
http://www.mysite.com/games.html

or is

index.html
games.html

enough?

I think I read somewhere that using the URL is better but do not remember or does that make no difference?

Thanks for replies in advance.

5 Answers
Engineer answered 1 year ago
Hi cat,

I’m not sure if it makes much of a difference. One advantage of using relative links (i.e. games.html) instead of absolute links (http://www.site.com/games.html) is that you can check your website links offline while you’re building it. Just open the HTML file in your browser, and click on the links to make sure they work. If all your files are in the proper folder, then your links should work.

My preference is to use absolute links for everything. My goal was to have a consistent structure for all of my links. Since links to online casinos and other affiliate websites are absolute links, I decided to make the rest of my links absolute as well. Doing this adds a bit more code to the page, and I really don’t know if it does anything for the search engines. But, since I wanted everything to be clean and consistent, I had to take the absolute route.

Again, I don’t know if it’s necessarily “better” to do it this way, but I don’t think it would hurt either. I would be surprised if a search engine punished you for using absolute links to pages within your own site (someone please correct me if I’m wrong).

One other tip — if you do use absolute links, make sure you stay consistent with the prefix — i.e. don’t use http://www.site.com in one place and http://site.com in another place. Keep it consistent.

Hope that helps.

cat answered 1 year ago
Hi Engineer,

thanks for your help.

I think I read somewhere that SEs like absolut links to the index page but I am really not sure nomore and maybe I am wrong.

My personal feeling is that this shouldn’t make any difference.

:cheers:

Classics answered 1 year ago
Using relative links is to invite problems. There is no advantage to them and big negatives. And definitely use absolute links to your main page.

cat answered 1 year ago
Classics,

thanks for you reply.

So defenately absolut links like http:/www.mysite.com

to the index.html?

How about the other pages?

Classics answered 1 year ago
I wouldn’t have any links relative. Link to the URL that you want to link to. Don’t make it possible for the search engines to get confused.