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Absolute or Relative image linking, does this matter for SEO

  • # November 1, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    Howdy partners,

    I was doing some reading on this internet thing today and came across a few articles about whether or not to use Absolute or Relative links in your website. Whether or not its SEO friendly for the search engines that read your content and crawl your site. Here is a little quote i got from one of those sites:

    A page’s actual download time does not affect search engine rankings, but it does affect sales conversions. Using too many absolute links on your web pages can have a negative impact on actual download time.

    Resource: http://www.searchenginesbook.com/absolutelinks.html
    I do know the link is old but my question is, when i have images in my css does it matter if i use them as relative or absolute?

    background:url(images/happyface.png);
    or
    background:url(http://mysite.com/images/happyface.png);

    # November 1, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    In fact, page load time can in fact affect rankings now…

    And as far as linking works in SEO, you really want everything to link back to your own original content…ergo, as long as the links are absolute to your site, then it won’t affect anything.

    # November 2, 2012 at 12:50 am

    @kgscott284,

    Thanks for the insight. I deff agree that if you have anything linkable that it should go back to your site. As far as i am concerned this is solved but im going to leave it unmarked for now because i would like to see what others have to say as well.

    Thanks again.

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