Absolute Links vs. Relative Links – SEO Value

The debate between absolute links and relative links continues to live on in the SEO world. The individual significance of each has been contested, but it is widely regarded that absolute links provide better SEO value on the whole than relative links.

Many believe that absolute links have less potential for getting messed up when search engines index your page. It shouldn’t really make a difference, but many conclude that this is reason enough.

Furthermore, content scrapers and RSS services may ‘repurpose’ your content legitimately (or not). In either case, shouldn’t a proper back-link be attributed to your site? This situation favours absolute links. Although this is a minor argument, it’s still worth considering.


Vincent is our lead Calgary web developer racking up over ten years of development experience at WYK Web SEO Solutions Calgary. With over 15 years experience in Online Marketing, SEO and Content Management Systems development (Joomla!, WordPress & Drupal), a proponent of WordPress, Joomla! and Open Source technologies, Vincent spends most working hours pushing Joomla!, WordPress & Drupal to their limits. A highly technical developer, Vincent also has a passion for IT providing a diverse skill set in database management (PHP, and MYSQL), Web hosting, and IT support. In his spare time Vincent enjoys visiting Alberta’s stunning Rocky Mountains and testing the latest high-tech gadgets.

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