Hi all,

Do search engines know the difference between absolute and relative links?

From what I understand, inbound links have the potential to increase your search engine ranking. What about internal (relative) links within your own website, for example Wikipedia has a gazillion relative links between their articles. Does this help Wikipedia get ranked higher?

Thanks in advance!

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Last Post by Candy_ME

Every link helps. This includes internal links. The massive internal linking structure of wikipedia definitely helps its pages rank well.


In my opinion are more importants absolute links than relative links.
Althought absolute link are used for external links, I prefer user absolute links in my own web site, example:
it is relative link <a href="file.asp">
it is absolute link <a href="http://www.myweb.com/file.asp">


Let’s begin with the basics first, we need to understand what links are. There are two types of links that are into use, absolute and relative links. An Absolute link is used to define specific locations of s webpage and a relative link is used for specifying a location of a webpage within a major directory.

Example of an absolute link: < a xhref="http://www.eukhost.com/support/" mce_href="http://www.eukhost.com/support/" >Webhosting Support Information< /a>

Example of an relative link: < a xhref="../support" mce_href="../support" >Webhosting Support Information< /a>

*** Advisable to use absolute link

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