Want better SEO for your e-commerce and dynamic website? Want to increase organic search for your e-commerce and dynamic website? This post will shows how to build better URL for your website and increase sell and better page impression.
Let say your website is selling cars, and to have better SEO for your site, you can follow this post to design the URL that boost organic search to a better score.
Identify URL Hierarchy
To design a truely SEO friendly URL for this use case, let see what is the hierarchy for cars. To easily identify the hierarchy, you can follow your database design, for example, one make have one to many models, and one models have zero to many post on your website.
Then you can know that the URL structur is like:
Thus the actual URL might look like:
If the hierarchy is too deep, you can use shorter URL for each individual post, for example:
But remember, include a breadcrumb in the page to let user to navigate up to the hierarchy, for example:
Home > Honda > Civic > Honda Civic For Sell
By thi way, the visitor will happy and Google Search will intelgent enough to identify your website structure.
SEO Friendly URL
After identified the URL structure, the next step is to purpose a friendly URL. The followings shows the guideline for friendly URL:
- All lowercase (Yes, some website still mixing uppercase and lowercase)
- No whitespace, and whitespace is replaced by hyphen (“-“)
- Not too long (Less than 85 characters)
- Contain one to three keywords, not too much
- ASCII only characters
Using the guideline, a friendly URL example is show at below:
http://exmple.com/mercedes-benz/c-class/1-mercedes-benz-c-class-for-sell or http://exmple.com/honda/civic/1-honda-civic-for-sell
Better Search Landing Page
So your website contain a search box for visitors to search for what they really want, instead of landing to a page with URL
http://exmple.com/search?q=honda, you can redirect to a dedicated page for all honda’s cars with better SEO URL as follow:
http://exmple.com/honda or http://exmple.com/honda/civic for pagination http://exmple.com/honda/civic?page=2
By using this tip, you provide a better SEO friendly URL for Search Engine to index and user friendly too.
Ask Google Index Your URLs
The ultimate step is to index all of your URLs using
sitemap.xml by generating all of the possible URLs for your website. But do not generate individual URL for each post in
sitemap.xml, instead, Google will index the individual post via the search landing page.
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <urlset xmlns="http://www.sitemaps.org/schemas/sitemap/0.9" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xsi:schemaLocation="http://www.sitemaps.org/schemas/sitemap/0.9 http://www.sitemaps.org/schemas/sitemap/0.9/sitemap.xsd"> <url> <loc>http://example.com</loc> <changefreq>daily</changefreq> <priority>0.8</priority> </url> <url> <loc>http://example.com/audi</loc> <changefreq>daily</changefreq> </url> <url> <loc>http://example.com/hyundai</loc> <changefreq>daily</changefreq> </url> </urlset>
Sitemaps are particularly helpful if:
- Your site has dynamic content.
- Your site has pages that aren’t easily discoverd by Googlebot during the crawl process-for example, pages featuring rich AJAX or images.
- Your site is new and has few links to it. (Googlebot crawls the web by following links from one page to another, so if your site isn’t well linked, it may be hard to Google to discover it.)
Following this post’s tips and guideline, you can increase your website’s organic search impression and more visitors will visit your site.