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  • Writer's pictureBrent Payne

Forms with GET Methods: SEO Considerations and Best PracticesUnderstanding the Issue

Forms using GET methods can append input data to URLs, creating unique URLs like `example.com/page/form.php?parameter=value`. This behavior can be problematic for SEO in two key ways:

1. Caching and Direct Access: URLs generated by GET forms can be cached and directly accessed, even by search engine crawlers.

2. Infinite URL Generation: Unrestricted GET forms can produce countless unique URLs, potentially leading to crawl efficiency issues or index bloat.


Why It's a Potential SEO Issue

Though this setup might not currently impact your site, it's flagged as a potential issue due to possible future complications, like crawl inefficiencies or diluting page value due to numerous similar URLs.


Resolution Strategies

1. Method Evaluation: If the GET method is essential (e.g., for creating shareable URLs), consider blocking search crawlers from crawling these URLs using `robots.txt`.

2. Switch to POST Method: For forms where data doesn't need to be reflected in the URL, switch to the POST method to avoid URL parameter issues.


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