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Re: Dynamic URL's
From Patrick R at on 21 May '00
replying to Dynamic URL's posted by Jonathan Powell

> I work for a company that has two websites that are created dynamicaly, the URL is is changed to the next user in line from a database. We need this site registered with all the search engines but do not want the users web site registered, and there is not a generic www address to register. Any thoughts on how to get this registered would be greatly appreciated.

There are two ways you could attack this:

1) Have a "doorway page(s)". Similar to a splash page with "A click here to Enter" link, but loaded with keywords for high placement. The problem is that a spider would follow a link and then be assigned a user from then on, so you would need to create a robots.txt file to tell them not to follow the link. Users would find the doorway page and follow it to your site and from then on be assigned a service representative. Depending on how your site is set up, you might need to get another domain name like, or slightly alter the code that does the redirecting.

2) The other option is to create a generic user like "health" and register that url:; however, any users following that link would then end up at the generic site, and wouldn't be assigned a service representative.

Your problem is similar to people with frames, except that robots will index your site, you'd just rather them not. This could pose a problem in that you won't receive a big chunk of your link popularity. If someone buys something from your company, and likes the service, then puts a link on his/her website, but uses the subdomain of a service rep, then the robots.txt file will keep a spider that comes across it from indexing your pages, which will mean links that should increase your ranking won't do anything. They don't hurt, but they're a benefit you won't be able to use.

Off the Subject, I really like your site layout and design. With other promotion efforts, and diligent monitoring of your search engine rankings, your site could be very successful. Best of Luck!

Patrick Rogers

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