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(Entry was posted by Gabriel Kanes on this post in the Dumb SEO Questions community on Facebook, Saturday, November 8, 2014).

Do any of you know how Google regards inter-page links?

Do any of you know how Google regards inter-page links? I don`t think I have that terminology right, but I mean (a href="#label") where #label is an anchor on the same page, so it scrolls instead of going to a different URL. I`m wondering if that might be a step towards making my site more Googly. My design concept uses a single page for a moderate amount of content placed in expanding divs. I`d love to find a way to keep that concept but still be able to create a sitemap for Google, and provide direct links to some of the deeper content. Trying to think outside of the box, what if I made a sitemap as though for a traditional, multi-url site, but all the links go to different sections of the one page? Does Google regard index.html#ThisThing and index.html#ThatThing as two different links? Would they be served up like regular links when searched for? Thanks?

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  • Gabriel Kanes: Do any of you know how Google regards inter-page links? I don't think I have that terminology right, but I mean (a href="#label") where is an anchor on the same page, so it scrolls instead of going to a different URL. I'm wondering if that might be a step towards making my site more Googly. My design concept uses a single page for a moderate amount of content placed in expanding divs. I'd love to find a way to keep that concept but still be able to create a sitemap for Google, and provide direct links to some of the deeper content. Trying to think outside of the box, what if I made a sitemap as though for a traditional, multi-url site, but all the links go to different sections of the one page? Does Google regard index.html#ThisThing and index.html#ThatThing as two different links? Would they be served up like regular links when searched for? Thanks
  • Federico Sasso: Just to understand each other on the given notation:
    What you named "inter-page link" to state a link within the same page I would call "intra-page link" (suffix 'intra' is the Latin word for 'within')

    The hash/pound strictly speaking is not part of the URL, and is not included thus in the HTTP requests performed by googlebot and other search engine crawlers. So page.html and page.html#label are the same in the eyes of googlebot when it has to form URLs to request via HTTP (note: ajax calls with the symbol "#!" are no exception, they are formed substituting the hashbang under the hood with a placeholder).
    This is not opinion: hash symbols # are not meant to travel on the wire as part of the URL address of an HTTP request. That's how the protocol works ; ;(so no, adding them in a sitemap wouldn't work).

    I said "in the eyes of googlebot", not "in the eyes of Google". I remember evidence in the past it somehow seemed to distinguish them when building the link graph: while only the first link to a page (within a single page) seemed to be evaluated in terms of anchor text, a second internal link seemed to be evaluated if it used a different hash value.
    That was demonstrated a few year ago (and it might have changed) for "inter-links", applying it to "intra-links" would be a conjecture.

    I'm not sure though how Google has evolved recently; single page layout are getting more common nowadays and I'd expect search engines to deal with it.

    Hope this helps
  • Edwin Jonk: As ; ;said and very well explained I wouldn't include them in a Sitemap. However Google does use # in their rich snippet. Namely the "Jump to" rich snippet. These things might appear for longer articles that rank to the top.

    
  • Federico Sasso: Good point  ;!
  • Gabriel Kanes: Thank you. That fully answers my question.

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