URL Tip: No Dots

If you really want to slow down and hamper your article marketing efforts, put a period at the end of your valid URL. It’s a sure way to stop the positive flow of active links coming back to your website. Why? Because in most cases, it produces an invalid URL.

Bad example of what NOT to do:

Visit my website at http://Christopher-Knight.com/.

Good example of what to do:

Visit my website at: http://Christopher-Knight.com/

Now, my webdev team is smart and they have configured our dedicated webservers to deal with it for our URL’s, but most (actually the greater majority) of websites are virtual hosts and they don’t support a period at the end of a URL.

That means if you put a period at the end of a valid URL and you put your article into distribution, you’ll find that the smart article directories like ours remove your period manually but this is not the norm!

End result: NEVER NEVER NEVER put a period at the end of a valid URL, ok? :-)


Dennis Mellersh writes:

One way to avoid putting a period at the end of a url is to make sure that you never end a sentence with a url.

It is an automatic function of our training to end sentences with periods, so therefore a period is often placed at the end of a url when the url ends a sentence.

One way to avoid this possibility is to construct sentences containing urls so that the url appears before the end of the sentence.

In this case you will have to also avoid putting a comma at the end of the url.

Addition to rule:

Never put any punctuation at the end of a url

— Dennis Mellersh

Comment provided April 14, 2005 at 12:01 PM


Corrie Ann Gray writes:

It is the little tech tips like this that make me really like this site. Christopher, you are the best. Keep up the wonderful job you do with giving writers the opportunity to expand their world.

~ Corrie Ann Gray

Comment provided April 23, 2005 at 4:36 PM



Yup, I discovered this on my own awhile back and don’t do it anymore, but great reminder and information for those who weren’t aware!

Love and stuff,

Comment provided May 16, 2008 at 10:01 AM


RSS feed for comments on this post.

Leave a comment

Please read our comment policy before commenting.