Please Explain 'Hashbang' URLs and if They're Indexable by Google.
 by Kristi Hagen

Please Explain 'Hashbang' URLs and if They're Indexable by Google.

  • I'm wondering about this question of hashtags in URLs on a 'hub' page, which takes the user to a section of the page. When the user clicks on the 'chaptering' at the top of the page, an anchor corresponding to the fragment scrolls to display the section on the page, and inputs a hashtag into the URL.

    I may have this wrong, but on the recent SEN training I understood that Google can index the hashtag URLs, so, my question is: Does this mean that the corresponding URL could be cannibalized, and/or does this risk the ranking of the corresponding main keyword URL in any way?

    For example: the hashtag takes the user to e.g.,, BUT there is also a link from this section on the page where the user can click to the unique URL: which is the URL I'd like to rank for.

    Is this a problem? If Google did index the #treatment URL, wouldn't it have the canonical for the main page itself? would this prevent duplicate content and cannibalization? But the main question is: can it index these hashtag URLs?

    And what's the difference between hashtag URLs and hashbang URLs?


For starters, hashtag and hashbang are interchangeable terms for the anchor element on the page, aka, named anchors.

More importantly, Google understands how hashtags work and how you might be using them on a page. If they detect they're in use, and think they may be of value, they can disclose them in search results to help visitors go directly to the content they're looking for.

However, just because they show the URL with the hashtag, that doesn't mean it's indexed as a separate entity. For instance, Google knows that all of these URLs are the same page with the same content...

...which will continue to be indexed as the canonical

The #subheading1 would not be considered a unique URL attribute even though Google may display it like one for the benefit of users.


Already a member? Sign in here

Read the rest of this article,
and get all this for only $1.

  • The Search Engine Strategies Updates for May 2021
  • SEN's Monthly Marketing Podcast for Strategies on the Go
  • Ultimate Guide to Avoiding Google Penalties
  • The Complete Site Audit Checklist
  • The Definitive Local Search Audit Checklist
  • 100's of Strategic SEO Articles and Q&As
  • The Internet Marketing Glossary
  • The Pro SEO's Local Search Directory List
  • 2019 Unfair Advantage SEO Beginner's Book
  • Pro's Ultimate WordPress Plugin Guide
  • The Vault: SEN's Internet Marketing Research Libraries
  • PLUS, as a Full SEN Basic Member, you'll be eligible for hundreds of dollars of discounts on SEO courses ranging from beginner to master on a variety of topics including organic search, local search, and social networking.

  • Your $1 Trial is good for 7 days at which time your card will be charged $29/mo unless you cancel before May 14th, 2021

 This form is encrypted for your security