Optimize URL Parameters For Blogger in Webmaster Tools


configure blogger url parametersYou were recently presented with a post on Configuring URL Parameters in webmaster tools but details specific to BlogSpot blogs will be shared today because incorrectly optimizing URLs could make your blog posts and pages stop appearing in Google Search. We must congratulate Google for making it easy for webmasters to more easily control how their websites be crawled unlike Bing which never stops begging to optimize "Query Parameters for Normalization" without even specifying what parameters to ignore!
URL parameters help Google to crawl your site more efficiently and give priority to your  more useful content by controlling the parameters that effect the site content. In blogging platforms like Wordpress and BlogSpot, there are several parameters, that effect the page content. Famous amongst them are replytocom, Showcomment, commentPage, m and utm parameters. We will be guiding you through all this headache to make it pretty simple to optimize URLs for Blogger blogs and enhance your SEO.
Note: To understand this post clearly kindly first read about some related terminologies in this post:

Some Important Parameters

To check what parameters Google has found out on your blog, simply log into your webmasters account  and then click Configuration > URL Parameters
 
configuring parameters for blogger
 
You will then see a list of around 7-8 parameters for which you need to specify their behavior. The number of these parameters could be greater if you are using Google Custom Search

Some of these parameters are:
  1. showComment       
  2. m
  3. commentPage
  4. utm_source
  5. utm_medium
  6. utm_campaign
  7. max-results
  8. updated-max
  9. share
Parameters follow a URL with a question mark. See an example of the showComment parameter.
http://www.mybloggertricks.com/2012/08/website-testing-effects-performance.html?showComment=1345044786974
This parameter tells Googlebot about the location of a comment on the page by comment id. In blogger each comment has an alpha numeric id that starts with alphabet "c" and contains numbers as the remaining characters.

Optimization Settings

To make things fast, safe and easy I am sharing below the webmaster sheet for MBT blog to give you an idea of what options to choose for each entry. You will find Edit and Reset link to the right of each parameter. Make the settings for each parameter one by one as shown in the snapshot that follows.

Remember these points:
  • This method will only make crawling easy for Googlebot and will not make any of your pages disappearing from search.
  • You need to set Effect and Crawl entries only
  • To see the structure of the URL you can click "show example URLs" in the popup window to pre-check how the URL looks like.
  • Effect None here means that the parameter does not change the content of the page.
  • Effect Paginates here is used for CommentPage  because it is simple identifier to show page number for comments greater than 200 in Blogger
  • Effect Sorts is chosen for max-results and updated-max because both sorts the page content in order of time and date.
  • For parameters we were not too sure we chose "Let Googlebot decide" instead of choosing "No URL"
The snapshot below will make your task even more easy. Carefully set the options as shown.
 
URL parameters settings

Will it reduce Crawl Errors?

Fortunately yes it does! Most of the errors are caused by duplicate URLS or due to absence of canonical link attributes. This method makes it extremely easy to control the URL structure of your Blog within your webmasters account.

Got Questions?

I have kept the tutorial short this time because specific details had already been shared in our previous post. If you have any question that is troubling you or if I could not clarify any step clearly please let us know by posting your query in the comment box below. I hope this tutorial helps blogger users to make their web pages more search engine friendly and smoothen the path for spiders to dig deep.

Answer these simple questions:
How far do you think configuring URL parameters would effect your Search Engine Traffic? Can you use this guide to normalize parameters for Bing?
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  5. Ok I am some questions as usual.

    1. You said each comment has an alpha numeric id. If "1345044786974" is the id in "?showComment=1345044786974" then how it is alpha numeric and the alphabet 'c'? If this is no the id then where is it?

    2. m parameter is also for blogger default mobile templates? Because the url for mobile incldes ?m=1 or 2 and so on.

    3. I do not have 'commentPage' parameter on the list. Should I add a new one.

    4. I have two additional parameters namely 'updated-min' and 'reverse-paginate'. What to do with these? I guess the first will have an affect of 'sorts' because they are for search results and don't know about second one. Correct me please.

    5. This is actually a correction which could turn out to be a debate :P Don't you think the 'effect' word used in the post should be 'affect'. 'Effect' is the result after it happens whereas 'Affect' is the influence or may happen term. What you think :P

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  6. Dear sir,
    Thanks for this post i have question regarding m parameters i have about 300 duplicate tags because of m and it's also showing in google search also Do you recommend that first we remove these duplicate Url by Url removal tool in webmaster then we add parameter m and do follow all instructions recommend by you. i waiting for yours reply
    again many many Thanks

    jayjay

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  7. Greatest sir,
    i am using blogspot and i have many post when i check my blog via Page Source there is no rel=canonical in my blog post can you tell me how to add rel=canonical in my blog post.

    Please Help....

    Mairaj Amir


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  10. Hi Mohammed,
    You have a very informative blog here.. Can you tell me what Custom Robot.txt and Custom robots header tags are for.. I am a bit confused about them. For my blog they are enabled and are set to all.. please help to to clarify my doubts about it.. I dont want crawlers to stop indexing my blog..

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  11. My blog has tons of duplicated meta description (over 500) with "m" parameters at the end of url. example :

    /2011/06/live-streaming-malaysia-vs-taiwan.html
    /2011/06/live-streaming-malaysia-vs-taiwan.html?m=0

    Now my questions is this :

    1. Does this URL parameters will solved duplicated issue in our blog?

    2. Does the "m" parameters stands for mobile template for blogspot? I've been doing some search on google and i find out many bloggers said that the "?m=0" is from blogspot mobile template. But you said "m" is a simple identifiers to show page number for comments greater than 200 in Blogger. So which one is true about "m" parameter exactly?

    3. From that search, i find out they recommend using 'no urls' setting for "m" parameter. But from MBT snapshot you let googlebot decide what to do with it. Now i'm confused. since that "m" parameter causing duplicated, why you let googlebot decide what to do with the parameters?

    That's all. And i hope soon you can make article about how this parameters (which causing duplicated issue in our blog) suddenly just showed up in Html improvement at google webmastertools.

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  12. Hey bro SALLAM....
    I have a problem with my blog since few days.
    Google is not indexing it..
    I m new in blogging so plx help me.
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    Regards..
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  13. nice full of information post dude.. thanks for sharing.
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  14. @kisono
    Khair Mubarak :)

    @Kulwinder Singh
    It only improves how Google crawl your blog. Does not effect your SERP ranking


    @Aumkar Thakur

    It looks great! Keep it up buddy :)


    @Bhavesh

    1. Well each comment id resembles this structure: c123456789012345667 but in parameter the c is excluded. You can see MBT comments' source file to check these ids. Got it? :)

    2. May be you are right. It is often followed by the commentPage. See this example:

    2011/07/how-to-join-google-plus-and-who-can.html?m=0?commentPage=3

    And that's why it also paginates the content

    3. This is because none of your posts have received 200+ comments till now. Once a posts receives over 200 comments, you will start seeing this parameter in the list


    4. 'updated-min' sorts and 'reverse-paginate' paginates. You can have many different parameters, depends on the type of plugins and widgets you use.

    5. You are reminding me my school teacher! :d Effects is used by Google because Googlebot will crawl your content as a result of the changes you make.

    I love the widget and I want you to feature it here! :)

    @jay kay
    URL removal tool should be used mostly when you delete a post or page but shall not be used to remove such dynamic urls. You may kindly only set the parameters as guided and make no other changes. :)


    @ MAiraj

    Buddy please read this post:

    REl Canonical Issues in Blogger
    :>

    @Jyoti

    Then you must have missed out this post which solves all your problems: Blogger Search Preferences Settings :)

    @Akid azami

    1. Yes it minimizes the Duplicate issue to a great extent. I see zero duplicates in our webmaster Optimization sheet.

    2. That is indeed correct. I replied the same to Bhavesh that m may refer to the mobile view templates it makes no other sense It often appears with CommentPage and each m value equals some numeric value which means it is only paginating the content but not changing it.


    3. No URLS was my first choice for this parameter but I saw a drop in traffic and that's why ignored adding NO URL and let Googlebot decide it. Because both CommentPage and m parameters have the greatest quantity and incorrectly monitoring them do effect traffic. So choosing a safe side is always better.

    Hope this answer all your questions. I will surely publish more tutorials on this topic. :)

    @Muhammad Uzair
    W.salam :)

    Dude did you submit your sitemap to Google? If not then follow this Why Google indexes only 26 URLS

    If yes then resubmit the sitemaps and see the result after 24 hours. Let me know :>

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  15. @Mohammad
    1. Got it
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  16. Tn addition to you mentioned above I have these parameters listed
    how to set up following parameters?
    search_category,post_id,blog_id,no_redirect,escaped_fragment_,z

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  17. as always amazing dude :) keep up the hard work I really love reading long long tutorials by you Mohammad ;)

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  18. yes bro i hv resubmitted sitemap but still problem with images...google not indexing images...

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  19. my 27 urls are blocked by robort.txt but robort.txt is not enabled... also there is problem with sitemap i submitted 25 url's and only 15 are indexed.....

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  20. Configuring URL Parameters is important because incorrect optimization of the url may harm the site and make it stop. URL parameters make your site more efficiently and give priority to your and control the parameters that effect the site content.
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  21. please create a post about "Preferred domain" in webmaster tools. It is really important to select preferred domain??? how make 301 redirect in blogger? pls answer..

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  22. @Oluvil Campus Blog

    You may kindly click each parameter example urls and decides what it does. Does it sorts by order, paginates or does not effect at all.

    Please share an example url for each of your parameter in comments so that i could help more comprehensively

    I cant say anything unless i see the urls

    @meesum
    Oh that is my goodness then :) Thank you for finding the tutorials worth trying buddy.

    @bhavesh
    I will check it very soon pal. Just got back from work. :>

    @Muhammad
    Scan your template and see that you might not have added noindex to robots. Search for : NAME="Robots" CONTENT="No Index"

    Always tag your images with alt attribute. Read my tutorials on this. about sitemap not indexing other pages kindly make sure your posts include more of text and less of graphics and media.


    @sebin
    If you are using two or three domains then specifying a prefered domain is must. For example if we purchase mybloggertricks.net and also mybloggertricks.org then we will need to 301 redirect both of them to mybloggertricks.com. Here we are treating mybloggertricks.com as our high priority, main or preferred domain. For details on how to 301 redirect this page can help: 301 redirect on different platforms

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  35. sir, I have a parameter "alt" in GWT, what should I do for this parameter?

    Sample of recently crawled URLs
    feeds/posts/default?alt=rss
    feeds/posts/summary?alt=json-in-script&q=

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  37. Need a way to change the number of results in page of results; "max-results" does not do this and always tops out at 17 results per page, even when "max-results" is set to 50.

    I need a way to make all results show on the first page without pagination links. Is there a URL variable for this? Would really like (need) to know.

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  38. Hello friend , my blogger site have some Url parameter errors like m, update-max, max-results , i set the above settings even though url parameter errors were not cleared and my site is not appearing for main key word can u help me

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