Does Google Ignore Hashtags In A URL?

When optimizing your website, one question might come up – does hashtags in the URLs affect SEO?

To explain, a hashtag (#), in a URL is referred to as a fragment. URL fragments have typically been used to automatically set the browser’s scroll position to a predefined location in the web page. Basically, if the URL refers to a document, the fragment refers to a specific part of that document.

But what does Google do when there’s a hashtag in a URL? Does it get ignored?

In this Google Search Central video, we’ll find out if Googlebot ignores what’s behind the hashtag when crawling and indexing the web.

John Mueller shares how pages with JavaScript sometimes handles these differently.

Scott Davenport

Scott Davenport is the content writer and social media man of Thrive Business Marketing and Thrive HVAC in Portland Oregon. Writing about the current events of the SEO world, as well as tips and advice that fellow SEOs could use to improve their own SEO campaigns and shares it for the whole world to see!

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