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wrong url on search engine 3 years 1 month ago #69329

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I am experiencing a drop in search engine and something that I have notice is my url are not SEF. My plugin is on. If I go on my site all the internal links are normal.

This is an example of what I have found on SE drugrehab.ca/alcohol.html?option=com_con...le&id=513&Itemid=616

This is very weird. I have no idea why it appears like this.

Any siggestion
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wrong url on search engine 3 years 1 month ago #69330

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Also I could not find my index page in any of my major keywords and when I copy and paste some of my content from my index page. I end up with a result of a page like this www.drugrehab.ca/?tmpl=component&link=f7...22cf90ffe65b8269243a

Anyone can help?
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wrong url on search engine 3 years 1 month ago #69350

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Hi marchy

Sure, more than happy to help

For the odd URLs, which SEF URL plugin are you using on your site?

For the index page, it's definitely in Google correctly (see the image below). Can you be more specific about the problems you're seeing with it?
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wrong url on search engine 3 years 1 month ago #69355

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Thx for replying. I am using the sef plugin that comes with the standard joomla installation. It's been 7 years that I have a joomla site and never had a problem with it.

For my index page. it disappeared from all the major keywords which I was on page 1 and when you take any text in it and search it on Google. You cannot find the index page which does not make sense.
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wrong url on search engine 3 years 1 month ago #69356

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I have noticed these 2 things at the same time so I think they are probably related.
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wrong url on search engine 3 years 1 month ago #69375

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Hi
Are you saying that google is putting together pages that you never intended to be seen? If so I have had this problem, it was temporary and did go away - I put it down to the "spiders getting their knickers in a twist". (Nick and Steve might be more informative here!)
I did not see a site map on your site - I think that this would help especially if submitted to google web master tools.
www.ostraining.com/blog/joomla/create-a-...r-google-bing-yahoo/
The "rules" for SEO are changing all the time which might explain why you site has moved down in ranking.
I was looking at the new wordpress SEO tutorials last night - worth looking at especially the general videos as it applies to all sites.
This article is also worth looking at.
blog.kissmetrics.com/c-o-n-v-e-r-t-s/
Regards
Mark
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wrong url on search engine 3 years 1 month ago #69381

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Thx JMC, it is not that Google are showing pages that I do not want them to show. Something happened with the urls. Not sure exactly but everything on site ( navigation) shows correct sef urls. It happened to me in the past when I accidentely messed up my sef plugin and Google started to index these new urls. After a while it got back to normal.

I just don't know this time what happened. I guess I will wait a little to see if it comes back to normal. Also it does not happened to all the pages.

The good news is my visitors stayed pretty much the same. 😀
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wrong url on search engine 3 years 1 month ago #69475

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Hi Marchy

Joomla URLs do have this problem (as do Drupal's) ... it's possible to generate these mistaken versions of the URL and they don't automatically redirect to the correct ones.

The one way I know to solve it is to use a Joomla SEF URL extension and they will redirect the mistaken links to the correct ones.

It's good news that your visitor numbers aren't dropping. At the end of the day, that is the only metric that counts here.
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wrong url on search engine 3 years 1 month ago #69547

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I made a mistake regarding the visitors. It is definitely in a down slope. I disabled ( it is now enabled) the redirect 301 from the plugins. This is the only change that I have made on the site. I guess that's what created that. It fits pretty much with the date of the down slope. It started about 2-3 days after I have disabled that plugin.

Can disabling that plugin creates this?
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wrong url on search engine 3 years 1 month ago #69570

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Hi Marchy

Yes, they can.

The default SEF plugin directly impacts your URLs and so if you disable it, you will also change your URLs.
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wrong url on search engine 3 years 1 month ago #69572

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this is not the sef plugin but the redirect plugin that I disabled.
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wrong url on search engine 3 years 1 month ago #69585

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Also I have found some of pages in Joomla that have mixed url

drugrehab.ca/alcohol.html?option=com_con...id=50:faq&Itemid=541

This content is from a regular page on the province of Saskatchewan.
In the url, there is my main alcohol page url alcohol.html
also an FAQ I have url alcohol-consumption-can-lead-to-weight-gain-obesity

Also some modules from different pages appears in the page.

Anyone has an idea what can cause. It makes my site's visitors in a free fall.

Any idea?
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wrong url on search engine 3 years 1 month ago #69668

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Hi Marchy,

It wouldn't be due to the redirect plugin, since the redirect plugin only redirects pages when you've manually set it. So you'd have to create redirect for each URL manually. Since you haven't done that, then that isn't the cause of the issues that you're having.

Looking through your site and searching via Google for quite a while, I wasn't able to isolate the issue, since you have so much information and many pages of content, which unfortunately is beyond our support scope.

That being said, we'd be happy to point you in the right direction. Looks like this is likely going to be due to a plugin, module, or 3rd party component that is producing those URLs. The key is going to be finding where those links are coming from and go from there. Try using a internal backlink checker and see if you can isolate on which pages the link is occurring. e.g. ahrefs.com/ might be of help.

Hope this helps!

Kind regards,
Nick
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