Be careful of hashes in your URLs
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Google ignores any text beyond a hash mark (#) in a URL. If you are generating URLs known as hash or fragment URLs, they will not crawl, index, or rank them. Google will also not flow PageRank to URLs with a hash, and instead, flow the PageRank to the root part of the URL that does not have the hash.
Now, if you’re using hash URLs for some sort of navigation and still have the content on the page (though not visible until a user clicks on the link that generates the hash URL), this will probably also not rank. Google has said that to rank in search for a topic; you need to have the content about that topic visible on the page when a user clicks.
Additionally, long pages with content that is not tightly written around a topic generally do not rank.
There you have it – the overview on hashes in URLs and why you need to be careful and strategic about how you use them on your pages.
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