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ASP and Search Engines incompatable?

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I have developed a site using SAP pages. A typical URL I subitted to InfoSeek was:
www.WebSite.com/ASP.asp?RecordKey=100&se=in
The URL was rejected. I converted the exact same page to a .htm file and submitted the following URL and was accepted: www.WebSite.com/Static.htm

My question is:
What are the obsticles in using ASP pages when it comes to submitting them to search engines? Is there a way around this problem or must I create static HTML pages for all pages I want submitted to search engines?
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Question by:dgriffith
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by:sybe
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The obstacle is that your page has a querystring (the part after the question mark).

There is not really a way around yet (except creating static pages). I guess the searchengines must sooner or later adapt themselves to the fact that more and more webpages contain info from databases and that a querystring is the way to get specific information. The first searchengine to do that might have a big advantage.


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by:dgriffith
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Dear Sybe,
Are you saying that if I did not have any arguments after the .asp that the search engine would take it?
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by:flivauda
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yes.  It also depends on which search engine you are submitting to.  Some except query strings and some dont
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by:sybe
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dgriffith,

yes, that is what i am saying.
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by:sybe
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flivauda,

Do you know any examples of search engines that do accept querystrings ? I think this question points out a major incompatibility between search engines and modern website development. I do work for a company creating websites, and the vast majority of contents is stored in databases - where it is unreachable for nowadays search engines. In fact we hardly do "static html" anymore.



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fransd earned 200 total points
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Most search engine spiders tend to ignore urls with question marks. If you submit the url without the questionmark, the searchengine will accept your url.
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