Author Topic: URLs for product ordering not SEO friendly?  (Read 340 times)

EvanGR

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URLs for product ordering not SEO friendly?
« on: September 19, 2018, 10:33:15 am »
Hello,

Product ordering URLs are in the form of:

/by,product_sku
/by,category_name

etc...

These are picked up by Google (webmaster tools) as conflicts. Two questions:

1) Why are they not presented as URL parameters?

2) How can this be changed, or improve the way Google deals with them?

Thanks

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Re: URLs for product ordering not SEO friendly?
« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2018, 11:04:29 am »
/en/shop/default-pattern/by,product_sku.html has

<link href="http://test.xxx.com/en/shop/default-pattern.html" rel="canonical" />

the canonical is there so why is google indexing them
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Re: URLs for product ordering not SEO friendly?
« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2018, 15:14:15 pm »
Maybe not indexing them... not entirely sure about that. But it does complain about duplicate page titles and meta descriptions...

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Re: URLs for product ordering not SEO friendly?
« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2018, 16:19:41 pm »
Maybe not indexing them... not entirely sure about that. But it does complain about duplicate page titles and meta descriptions...

In their old search console I suppose. Sometimes there are good reasons for duplicate page titles. For example I have pages where the page title is an artist's name with content in several languages. I wouldn't change the artist's name just because Google recommends it. Something similar can happen when Google analyzes category pages. The category description on page 1 can be the same as on the following pages of the same category.

Nothing to worry about imho.
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Re: URLs for product ordering not SEO friendly?
« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2018, 12:21:10 pm »
I have noticed that VM product category pages are not very much SEO friendly for google, despite our best efforts.

And I have noticed the improper VM sorting URL structure being picked up in the search results, occasionally.

Therefore, I would suggest (to the dev team) that the sorting URL structure follows an acceptable format (URL parameters instead of different URLs).




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Re: URLs for product ordering not SEO friendly?
« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2018, 15:39:44 pm »
I have noticed that VM product category pages are not very much SEO friendly for google, despite our best efforts.
And I have noticed the improper VM sorting URL structure being picked up in the search results, occasionally.

Personally I don't care much about SEO for category views. Imho they mainly serve as paginated user-friendly links to the product pages. The important content which I want to be indexed in the search engines is on the product pages.
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Re: URLs for product ordering not SEO friendly?
« Reply #6 on: September 27, 2018, 18:29:24 pm »
The important content which I want to be indexed in the search engines is on the product pages.

I absolutely agree. To me the category page is just a route to the all important product.  The canonical link for category pages seeems logical to me and now the ability so set a Sef Alias for each category will help those who like to play with canonical urls.
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Re: URLs for product ordering not SEO friendly?
« Reply #7 on: September 28, 2018, 09:29:36 am »
Product pages are important BUT...

There are some pretty strong (SEO-wise) sites, which act as product listings/aggregators and dominate the top positions in the search results. These almost always dominate via 'category' pages.

Where I live, this phenomenon is very obvious. Try searching for a specific product in your country, and see how many google results are actually categories, and their order in the page.