Basic SEO Guide For Beginners Part 2


2. Search Engine Friendly Web Development

Duplicate Contents:
Search engines will always look for new updates in the site. Duplicate contents or pages or URLs make no sense in ranking the keywords in search engines. Unfortunately, most of the websites using CMS or ecommerce open source software will create multiple URLs with the same content on the WebPages.

Block some of the URLs from indexing through robots.txt file or through Meta robots tag or through 301 redirect to permanently redirect the duplicate URL to permanent URL. Don’t allow search engines to prefer the URL to be indexed, because it may not be the one you’re targeting. Try to avoid duplicate contents, pages and URLs in a website. The canonical attribute on the link tag helps search engines to determine which URL is to be indexed.

Also, be sure that every page on the site has unique content. Many ecommerce website will have product info and each differs with its product size with similar contents.

Canonical URL & Duplicated Contents
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Canonical URLs, the fancy way of saying multiple URLs will also leads to the same page. For example: if your home page is accessed as,

  • blazedream.com
  • www.blazedream.com
  • blazedream.com/index.php
  • www.blazedream.com/index.php

These URLs will be considered as 4 different pages in the eyes of search engines and anyone URL will be indexed. Links pointing to those pages are important, say one site may link to blazedream.com and another may link to blazedream.com/index.php. The webmaster will think that 2 links are pointed out for the home page, but it’s drastically nope.

If the server runs Apache enabled with Mod_Rewrite, then correct the canonical issues through .htaccess file. 301 rewrite can be done in variety of ways.

  • RewriteEngine On
  • RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^blazedream.com
  • RewriteRule (.*) http://www.blazedream.com/$1 [R=301,L]

Search Friendly URLs:
For Example: Figure out, which of the following URLs will tell you about what type of content you’re searching for on the webpage?

  • blazedream.com?id=323234&cat=15
  • blazedream.com/expertise/web-development-expertise-overview/

The first URL blazedream.com?id=323234&cat=15, is not an user-friendly or search engine friendly URL. This is because, it does not figure out what type of content is displayed on the webpage or what the webpage is all about.

The second URL blazedream.com/expertise/web-development-expertise-overview/ gives exact information about the content to be displayed on the webpage to the user. It is a user friendly & search engine friendly URL.

Note:
Search engines can crawl all dynamic URLs easily, but too many parameters with session IDs will trip them. Try to limit the parameters in a URL, as it cause crawling issued.

In the second URL, you can find that keyword stuffing has been made to rank and index the website easily.

Siloing or theming, it’s a concept of creating keyword theme URLs.

5 Tips:
Be found
The main aspect of building search friendly website is to make the content to be found and indexed by search engines. If the pages are not indexed, then they would not appear in the search results, so try to avoid such errors and build a site that are accessible.

Avoid Flash, JavaScript
Search engines are better at crawling text than flash, JavaScript and other images. Avoid flash, JavaScript and try to use HTML coding.

HTML Sitemap
Search engines even crawl pages from html sitemaps.

Speed matters
Speed is an important factor for ranking in search engines. Try to minimize the file size, image loading, flash and all other. The page loading is more important which should be given more priority by the webmaster.

Internal links
Internal links are the important part of SEO and every page of the site should link to other pages on the site.

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