quicksilver1024 - 4:26 am on Feb 7, 2013 (gmt 0) [edited by: Robert_Charlton at 5:04 am (utc) on Feb 7, 2013]
Thanks for all the explanation guys. And thanks for the link and explanations Robert - I got a lot from it.
So it seems then my URL/directory structure doesn't have to follow the breadcrumb/faceted nav structure, meaning it'll be optimal to have all my product pages in the root; and I can have different points of my breadcrumb link to the necessary category listing pages that my product falls on.
The issue I can see here is disorganization when I reach 200+ products all listed under the root folder. Although each product will likely to have unique product titles and I can prevent duplicate pages with the canonical tag, I'm not sure how Google will see my store if I have 200+ (and possibly one day up to 500+) products under root.
People always talk about siloing your structure, but I'm not sure how this works for products that have an unbalanced category/subcategory. My store only has 3 categories: classics, modern, other. The subcategories are more numerous being a list of author names. Because the subcategories are so narrow, 90% of the time there will only be 1 product under the subcategory.
If I were to NOT add all products under the root, should I then use the structure http://mystore.com/cat1/book1 (where book1 is the product name) instead of http://mystore.com/author1/book1?
So to make it more clear, I have two questions:
- Should I put 200 - 500+ products all under root for optimal SEO (keeping keywords close to the domain name)?
- If I were to put products under a directory, should it be my very narrow 'author1' subcategory or my very broad 'cat1' category?
[edit reason] Disabled auto-link to make sample url display [/edit]
[edited by: Robert_Charlton at 5:04 am (utc) on Feb 7, 2013]