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11/17/2013 7:02 PM

Hi everybody.

On every page of my DNN Site, on the top there are Login and Register link.

On every page the link has a different returnurl parameter, so my SEO consultant ask me to remove this parameter. There is only one login page and only one register page, but for SEO all this different link are not good.

It's possible to force DNN to put a /register or /login only without returnurl parameter?

Thanks, sorry for my non perfect english.


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11/18/2013 1:35 AM
both of those links are generated by the login skinobject, and it does not support a property to remove the returnurl - this is a harmless value and simply reflects the url of the page you are on when you login or register (so DNN can return you to that page after login/registration). I'm not sure why an SEO consultant would say to remove them, but you could edit the code. Typically I would copy the existing code i.e admin\Skins\Login.ascx and admin\Skins\Login.ascx.cs and create a new skinobject based on the original skin object and amend it as required (and update your skin for the new skin object token name)

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11/18/2013 2:46 AM
The whole point of having a valid returnurl is to allow users to LOGIN and then be returned back to the page they were on.

This is called having a "good user interface" - without it - the login module has no idea where to go after a person logs on and will wind up sending everyone to the home page.

And for what its worth - a good users interface will always trump any perception of what may or may not be good SEO.

Actually in reality - I could actually argue that the bad SEO arguement from your 'expert' is NOT valid
See - you could basically say that there are in fact many different LOGIN and REGO pages on your site.
Each of which has a unique and valid purpose - that is - to redirect the user back to specific page.
So each of those links on each page - send the user to a specific implementation of the LOGIN or REGO module.

But these days - I would have to say that pretty much all the LINK obsession with SEO experts is becoming increasingly misdirected.
Internal links on your webpage represent an increasingly shrinking vector in terms of the massive number of mechanisms
or GRAPHS that search engines utilize to generate that final page ranking for you page.

For me - I would first look at what makes your site functional and viable
- a functional returnurl for login and rego - something which is utilized by millions of websites all over the internet - I would put in that class
- and since NO ONE actually knows how google really makes that page ranking anyway - there's likely a pretty good chance that they are smart enough to know what is going on anyway.

Just my 2 cents

FWIW - have a look at this article from a month or so that puts things a little more in perspective:

And more significantly for the future:

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11/18/2013 8:55 AM


If you (the administrator of the site) are the only person that have to login, you have enough with a unique login link without returnurl.

In this case you can also hardcode the link (/login) in your skin.

To answer to your SEO consultant.

1) The login page in the dnn 6 and 7  is not indexed in search engines because dnn add  

<meta id="MetaRobots" name="ROBOTS" content="NOINDEX, NOFOLLOW" />

to the login page(s)

2) An other way is to go to Google web master tools and tell google that the returnurl don't modify the content of the page. So google see a unique page for all variants with the different returnurl parameters.



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11/18/2013 4:32 PM

Hi thank you all to have explained to me all this interesting stuff.


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