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Widgets, Gizmos, Dohickeys, Doodads, and Thigamajigs
All describe the same product so how do I organize the articles I wrote?
J_Mac

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Msg#: 1450 posted 7:07 am on Dec 24, 2005 (gmt 0)

In my business the biggest selling item I carry goes by several names (five major ones) and many variations. I have written about twenty articles using the five keywords used to describe the item I sell and want to know the best way to organize the content.

Which is better?

Example A:

Main page title: Articles about Widgets, Gizmos, Dohickeys, Doodads, and Thigamajigs

And then link all of the different keyword articles from this main page?

or

Example B:

Main page title: Articles about Widgets, Gizmos, Dohickeys, Doodads, and Thigamajigs

And then create subcategories for each keyword such as

Articles about Widgets
Articles about Gizmos
Articles about Dohickeys
Articles about Doodads
Articles about Thigamajigs

and then grouping the articles under their respective keyword.

Example A would seem the most logical to the reader, while example B may be more inline with the themes concept, but also may confuse the reader as to why the articles are subdivided into several groups especially when they are talking about the same item.

Any help is appreciated.

 

ken_b

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Msg#: 1450 posted 12:59 am on Dec 27, 2005 (gmt 0)

That's an interesting question.

If I understand correctly, I'd be inclined to go with something closer to "A".

Main page title: Articles about Widgets, Gizmos, Dohickeys, Doodads, and Thigamajigs

Perhaps something like ...

Main page title: Articles about Widgets, also know as Gizmos, Dohickeys, Doodads, and Thigamajigs

Or maybe make the "also known as" part a subtitle.

I'm not sure I'd link to all twenty articles from the main page. For one thing, if you continue to add new content you might end up with too many links on the main page to be really user friendly.

Instead maybe divide the articles into a few general categories and link to the category sub-index page and from there to the specific articles.

J_Mac

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 1450 posted 4:17 am on Dec 27, 2005 (gmt 0)

Thanks ken_b.

I like your suggestions and did not consider the title you recommended which is a great idea. The main page is more of an introductory page which categorizes the articles under 4 separate headings.

Would creating sub-indexed categories and linking to them dilute the effectiveness of having the pages rank well?

ken_b

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Msg#: 1450 posted 4:40 am on Dec 27, 2005 (gmt 0)

The main page is more of an introductory page which categorizes the articles under 4 separate headings.

That makes doing the sub-indexes even easier since you've already choosen categories.

Would creating sub-indexed categories and linking to them dilute the effectiveness of having the pages rank well?

I suppose it's possible, but I doubt any dilution would be significant enough to worry about.

I use this method on a site with 1,500 pages divided into 3 main categories and haven't noticed any negative results. As the site has grown I further subdivided those categories into sub categories with no problem as far as ranking goes.

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