Many of the top websites in various industries use keywords in their URLs, but others which don’t are still able to rank highly. Much as we now know that writing quality content is better than stuffing it with keywords, the same applies to creating quality URLs. In the end, it comes down to what makes sense for your brand and website. Great content never sleeps, neverneeds a lunch break and is adored by search engines and customers alike. SEO works by a search engine, such as Google, sending out software called ‘bots’ that are designed to travel the World Wide Web that look for websites that match the criteria that has been programmed into them. This process is called ‘crawling’ and once the bot returns, it relays the information back, where it’s sorted (or ‘indexed’) by various factors – which SEO plays a role in meeting. Most SEO firms will tell claim it takes 4 to 6 months to start seeing results. It varies wildly but that’s generally in the ballpark for most projects. Note that SEO results are cumulative & escalate over time. If you’re getting positive results after 6 months these will compound after 12 months & re-compound thereafter. The most profitable relationships I’ve entered into with businesses have lasted for over 5 years during which time their fortunes have literally exploded. For users, when returning a 404 error you should make sure to display a human friendly “not found” page that helps users find what they were looking for.