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Insight This Hint is neither an issue nor an opportunity, and is brought to your attention as it may provide a useful avenue of investigation.

Query string contains paginated parameters

This means that the URL in question contains a query string with apparent pagination parameters.

Why is this important?

Pagination URLs are an important and necessary way for splitting up a group or series of related pages.

Pagination URLs would typically contain a pagination parameter in the query string, for example: 

https://example.com/blue-shoes?page=2

URLs with lots of parameters can be considered highly dynamic, for example, faceted search URLs that include multiple filters and sorts. If these also contain pagination parameters, they could lead to issues with crawl budget or duplicate content.

However, if paginated pages are handled correctly, search engines know how to handle them.

What does the Hint check?

The Hint would trigger for any URL that contain parameters that are typically used for pagination.

Examples that trigger this Hint

URLs containing any of the following common pagination parameters will trigger this Hint:

  • https://sitebulb.com/list.html?page=1
  • https://sitebulb.com/list.html?start=1
  • https://sitebulb.com/list.html?from=1
  • https://sitebulb.com/list.html?limit=1
  • https://sitebulb.com/list.html?index=1
  • https://sitebulb.com/list.html?pageindex=1
  • https://sitebulb.com/list.html?page-index=1

Why is this Hint marked 'Insight'?

This Hint is an 'Insight', which means there isn't necessarily any action that needs to be taken - the Hint is intended to alert your attention to something, rather than flagging up an issue that needs fixing.

There is nothing wrong with URLs that have pagination parameters, and search engines may be handling them without issue.

However, this is worth looking into further if there are a very high number of URLs with pagination parameters (in comparison with the rest of the site) or if you know that search engines are having problems crawling all the URLs on the website.

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