Google’s John Mueller: we might skip URLs that repeat the same path element many times

In an online discussion, a webmaster asked why his dynamic website was not indexed properly.

Google’s John Mueller explained that Google might not index URLs that repeat the same path element multiple times:

“The two issues I see here which make this site very hard to crawl and index are:

  • The URL structure (as mentioned above). By including multiple elements repetitively like this in the path, it looks like we’ve run into an invalid set of URLs. This is a common failure case with sites that rewrite URLs and use broken relative internal linking, so our systems tend to skip URLs that repeat the same path element many times.
  • The internal linking. It’s really hard for us to discover URLs within your site since you mostly use the map for navigation. This is a bit hard to diagnose though, given that we tend not to crawl the repetitive path-element URLs anyway. Potentially your side-menu will help once we can crawl it.”

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Johannes Selbach

Johannes Selbach is the CEO of SEOprofiler. He blogs about search engine optimization and website marketing topics at "".