Google’s Matt Cutts On Keywords In The URL

Google’s Matt Cutts posted a recent video answering a question about the position of the keywords in the URL. The question asked, does the order of the words in the URL make an impact on one’s ranking at Google? Matt Cutts said one should not obsess about the order of the words but he said keywords in the URL “does help a little bit.”

I asked Matt if this means we should go back to our existing sites and change URLs without keywords to have keywords in them. Matt told me, “If you’ve got an existing solution that works for you, it’s not really worth going back to change your urls. It may worth considering when you’re doing a new site.”

I then asked Matt if all new sites should make sure to have keywords in the URL. Matt answered, “It makes sense if a) it’s easy for you to do in your content management system, and b) the keywords are useful and descriptive–definitely don’t overdo it.”

Here is the video, it is worth watching:

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  • chiropractic

    “I really wouldn’t obsess about it in that level of detail.” is a common Matt Cutts answer. I think my next question for him will be… What one thing should webmasters be obsessive about? :)

  • leoludwig

    @chiropractic: and his answer would be “Creating compelling, interesting, unique, link-worthy content for their website on a regular basis”.

  • leoludwig

    On second thought, he probably wouldn’t mention “link-worthy”.
    Every webmaster knows – or should know – that “compelling, interesting, unique content” automatically get links.

  • shashikant

    I completely agree with leoludwig, If you have unique content and static links on page that will help lot :)

  • http://SteveJohnston SteveJohnston

    Why is it he ignores the role of these keywords in the anchor text of the links that these URLs may enjoy?! When the URL is used on its own as the anchor in an external link, these keywords, along with the phrases they do, or don’t make, depending on the word order, really come into play.

  • suingthedevil moviereview

    why this post confused me. i didn’t understand properly what matt cutt saying. i just want to ask is keyword containing in URL helping a little bit in search results ranking. Like a web site want to promote themselves for this keyword “High pr directory submission list” and the url of this site is

    it involves high, pr, submission, list   only missing word is “directory”. From my view and what i understand after listing and reading video and article this url may help a little but but not a major factor for get top ranking.

    Is m right ??

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