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dynamic pages and marketing - revisiting the question

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I've had a site up in it's current form for a couple of months.  On the site, there is a database.  Currently, the database has a "rewrite" to make it more search engine friendly, but I"m doing a newer rewrite soon to include keywords for each record in the url. Also, the url's for each record were within a folder and so were listed as  www.mydomain.com/folder/fileRecord.htm after the first rewrite.  Now this /folder/ level will be removed in the rewrite as well as adding a keyword for each record.

 In addition, there are a portion of files on this site that are strictly html files.  They are not at all involved with the database.

The client this work was done for has seen a lot of hits for the html files.  These have been around longer, and have had slightly more promotional work, but he thinks mostly it's because they are html files.  He'd like me to consider doing many many (MANY) files all in html, as opposed to using a database only because he thinks they are getting noticed by search engines and not the dynamic ones.  

I suggested we do a few new html files and continue to work on polishing the database.  The database seems so much more appropriate for the number of files, particularly when dealing with the uploading of so many files.

I'd like to know what the current status is for dynamic pages being properly searched and noted in search engines, and what would be an appropriate way for me to go.   Is the rewrite helping me?  
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linque -

What do the urls look like? Please give some examples...

- duz
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right now...

the home page is   www.mydomain.com
there are pages with each U.S. state that look like  
www.mydomain.com/statename.php

and there are pages from the database that look like
www.mydomain.com/keyword/1234.htm     (where 1234 is the unique ID for each record)

this is about to change with a new rewrite to


www.mydomain.com/cityName.htm    (but this has not yet taken place)

where each file will be the result of clicking on the city name in it's state.php file
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by:linque
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that /keyword/    remains the same.. in otherwords it is just a word with some vague meaning about the site.  It's constant for all records
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linque -

No problem what so ever - good looking urls :-)

How to convince the client though? You have to somehow explain to him that what the server is doing cannot be seen by Google and that it will see these pages as static urls. Try sticking him in front of http://www.gritechnologies.com/tools/spider.go and inputting a few of your nice looking urls to demonstrate this.

Hope that helps.

- duz
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thanks so much duz!
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