URL: Non ASCII Characters

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Non ASCII Characters

URLs with characters outside of the ASCII character-set. Standards outline that URLs can only be sent using the ASCII character-set and some users may have difficulty with subtleties of characters outside this range.

How to Analyse in the SEO Spider

View URLs with this issue in the URL tab and ‘Non ASCII Characters’ filter, and export all URLs using the ‘Export’ button.

Use the lower ‘Inlinks’ tab to view pages that link to them.

What Triggers This Issue

This issue is triggered when a URL contains characters outside of the ASCII character-set. For example:ðggy/

How To Fix

URLs should be converted into a valid ASCII format, by encoding links to the URL with safe characters (made up of % followed by two hexadecimal digits).

Today browsers and the search engines are largely able to transform URLs accurately.

Further Reading

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