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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Are static pages or dynamic pages better for search engines?

Blogger Beta (now New Blogger) touted its major improvement over the old classic Blogger as New Blogger being dynamic. This means you don't need to republish each time you edit something in the template or change some setting. Just save and the changes will be immediately be reflected on the web. No more having to save and then republish and get that dreaded rotating arrow that sometimes really last forever.

Let us get back to the subject matter in this post title. Are static pages or dynamic pages better for search engines? Google Webmaster Guideline has this to say: "If you decide to use dynamic pages (i.e., the URL contains a "?" character), be aware that not every search engine spider crawls dynamic pages as well as static pages." So does this mean that New Blogger blogs are not so search engine friendly as the old classic Blogger?

The majority of bloggers, including me want their blogs to be search engine friendly except for a very few minority who don't want their blogs to be found. The authors of Google Webmaster Guidelines should know what they are talking about since that is an official site of Google, the creator of giant most used search engine. This thing about static pages being crawled easier than dynamic pages must imply that while New Blogger have made life easier for bloggers, they may have made their blogs less search engine friendly.

Search engine optimization software may have a solution. Their software help create static pages from dynamic pages. So is it feasible to create static pages of New Blogger blog pages which are dynamic pages to make them more search engine friendly? Let us have a look at their Frequently asked questions (FAQ). It appear to me from my understanding of what is stated there, that IF that static pages software is applicable for New Blogger blogs, I will probably have to register a domain and host it myself. But one thing is assuring. They say they are not practicing Black Hat Optimization, something that can get a site banned from search engines.

Unfortunately, I am unable to figure out from there if creating static pages from New Blogger dynamic pages is feasible to put on the web, and if feasible, whether it will create duplicate content. After all, Google Webmaster Guidelines says "Don't create multiple pages, subdomains, or domains with substantially duplicate content." I can't figure all this out by myself. I think I will contact Static Page Builder and see if they can help me.

1 comment:

  1. if you wanna have static pages - here you go ... http://detect-it.blogspot.com/2008/11/5-minutes-to-static-bloggerblogspot.html

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