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Webmasters Who Didn’t Think When They Registered Their URLs

Here’s a list of some funny URLs, where the web site owners didn’t think about how people would read the name of their sites:

  • Who Represents?, a database for agencies to the rich and famous:
    http://www.whorepresents.com
  • Experts Exchange, a knowledge base where programmers can exchange
    advice and views:
    http://www.expertsexchange.com [Update: The sharp-eyed among you may have noticed that this organization has wisely decided to change their domain name.]
  • Looking for a pen? Look no further than Pen Island:
    http://www.penisland.net
  • Need a therapist? [Update: looks like this got closed or moved to a more sensitive domain] http://www.therapistfinder.com
  • Mole Station Native Nursery, based in New South Wales:
    http://www.molestationnursery.com
  • New to Milan and you need electric light? Why not sign up on-line with
    Power-Gen?
    http://www.powergenitalia.com

We sadly had to omit one really funny URL that was just a little too raunchy.

A Word About “WWW”

You can often navigate to a site by using the prefix “www.” or by skipping it. For instance, https://www.VCSsoftware.com and VCSsoftware.com both point to the same place.

However depending on the server configuration, they could point to different locations, so search engines can’t assume they’re the same. The folks at Sitemaps have a helpful article on this, albeit a bit technical for some.

Matt Cutts, the “Google Guy has a simple suggestion on his Google Blog: “The only thing I’d add to that answer is one recommendation: check your internal links and to make sure that they’re consistent (either all to www or all to non-www). That will also help search engines pick the root page that you prefer.”

In other words, pick one or the other (I like using the www) and make sure all the internal links on your web site — and as many incoming links from other web sites as you can influence — all use the same version. That way your web site will get proper credit for all those links.