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Should I have directories for my website?
Will directories make pagerank smaller?
chopin2256




msg:723683
 11:53 pm on Mar 21, 2005 (gmt 0)

As of now, my site has no folders. The only folders are for music, images, or dynamic pages. So this means that all of my html and SEO pages are just one level away from my index page. I have been doing this on purpose, so that I get get the highest possible pagerank for all of my static pages and so I can rank well in the search engines. Is this a mistake though? Should I put these pages in folders/categories? I am thinking that my site will be harder to manage as it gets bigger and bigger. I rank well in the search engines, and can rank pretty good for new keywords. I just do not want to hurt my rankings by putting my pages in folders now. What should I do in order to help myself manage my site? I have 100 static pages and none are in a folder. It would be nice, for example, to put my "composers biographies" in a BIO folder for better management, but this would mean that these pages would then be 2 levels away, and would this make it harder to rank in the engines, and would it lower the pagerank?

 

mrMister




msg:723684
 10:38 am on Mar 22, 2005 (gmt 0)

As of now, my site has no folders. The only folders are for music, images, or dynamic pages. So this means that all of my html and SEO pages are just one level away from my index page. I have been doing this on purpose, so that I get get the highest possible pagerank for all of my static pages and so I can rank well in the search engines.

LOL! It's your linking structure that dictates what level each page is on, not the file structure. Which directory (or even computer) they are on is irrelevant.

Is this a mistake though? Should I put these pages in folders/categories? I am thinking that my site will be harder to manage as it gets bigger and bigger.

Yes, it'll be a nightmare to maintain. Think up a good file structure and use it if you intend to do a lot of maintanence to the site.

I rank well in the search engines, and can rank pretty good for new keywords. I just do not want to hurt my rankings by putting my pages in folders now. What should I do in order to help myself manage my site? I have 100 static pages and none are in a folder.

You want to move all the files to their new directory, then you want to replace the old files with 301 redirects to their new locations. Your SERPS will suffer for about a month whilst Google indexes you new site structure, however you will return to your old positions afterwards.

It would be nice, for example, to put my "composers biographies" in a BIO folder for better management, but this would mean that these pages would then be 2 levels away

No, the file structure is irrelevant.

Take these two examples

=====
siteA

page1.htm
page2.htm
page3.htm
page4.htm

Linking structure...


Level 1 Level 2 Level 4 Level 5
page1.htm -> page2.htm -> page3.htm -> page4.htm -> page5.htm

=====
siteB
folder1/page1.htm
folder1/folder2/page2.htm
folder1/folder2/folder3/page3.htm
folder1/folder2/folder3/folder4/page4.htm
folder1/folder2/folder3/folder4/folder5/page2.htm

Linking structure...


Level 1 Level 2
page1.htm -> page2.htm, page3.htm, page4.htm, page5.htm
page1.htm -> page2.htm -> page1.htm
page1.htm -> page3.htm -> page1.htm
page1.htm -> page4.htm -> page1.htm
page1.htm -> page5.htm -> page1.htm

=====

In Site A, page5.htm is at level 5

In Site B, page5.htm is at level 2

chopin2256




msg:723685
 7:53 pm on Mar 22, 2005 (gmt 0)

Linking structure...

Level 1 Level 2
page1.htm -> page2.htm, page3.htm, page4.htm, page5.htm
page1.htm -> page2.htm -> page1.htm
page1.htm -> page3.htm -> page1.htm
page1.htm -> page4.htm -> page1.htm
page1.htm -> page5.htm -> page1.htm

So as long as I can get to all my pages from page1.htm, all the other pages are level 2 regardless of any directories its in? And according to your scenario, the linking structure should have a link back to the homepage. Does this complete the linking structure, or just improve it?

Also, how does a sitemap help? I read it can help, and I do have one. If I can get to all my pages thru the homepage, is a sitemap really necessary?

mrMister




msg:723686
 10:36 am on Mar 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

So as long as I can get to all my pages from page1.htm, all the other pages are level 2 regardless of any directories its in?

Yes, absolutely correct.

And according to your scenario, the linking structure should have a link back to the homepage.

That was just an example scenario. However, it is good practice, for many reasons to ensure that all your main pages link back to the main page of your site (usually the home page).

Also, how does a sitemap help?

The main benefits are only for a site that can't be fully crawled for some reason (maybe the site goes too deep, or googlebot can't find it's way around)

Again, it helps reduce the overall depth of your site.

homepage -> sitemap -> links to every page on your site.

In that scenario every page on your site will only be 3 levels deep at the most. However, make sure your sitemap page is under 101KB in size, or else Google wont follow the bottom links.

If I can get to all my pages thru the homepage, is a sitemap really necessary?

No, it's not necessary for the search engines. However, A well designed sitemap can help your visitors.

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