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Which site structure is better?
carpediem




msg:3460613
 7:00 pm on Sep 25, 2007 (gmt 0)

Hi,

is it better to have:

example.com/some-page

or

example.com/category-name/some-page

?

Right now, I have it like this: example.com/some-page

I am asking this since number of articles on my website is growing, and I can come up with 4 main categories (or topics) where I can put my articles.

My site is 2 months old, and doing pretty good with Google... Do you think I should change URLs to example.com/category-name/some-page? Will it hurt my SE rankings if I change my URL structure now?

Are there any downsides if I leave just the way it is (example.com/some-page)?

Thanks in advance

 

bwnbwn




msg:3460752
 9:19 pm on Sep 25, 2007 (gmt 0)

"Will it hurt my SE rankings if I change my URL structure now?"

Yes but being only 2 months old best do it now so it is organized as you want it to be for growth.

What you are seeing is a typical problem of a site doing better than expected and you run into navigation problems. It is far better now to fix this issue than wait till it becomes a monster and your site really suffers from this move.

301 the old url's to the new ones be sure this fix does the trick and you won't be doing it again

londrum




msg:3460770
 9:26 pm on Sep 25, 2007 (gmt 0)

agree. it will come back to bite you if you leave it like that, so best to get it done soon as possible.

take some time to think of good directory names though - don't scrimp on them. use as many as you think you'll need in the future.
make them into keywords. it might not help your search engine ranking much (if at all), but it might help to target your ads better if you're using adsense, and it might help with things like internal search engines as well.

carpediem




msg:3461455
 2:04 pm on Sep 26, 2007 (gmt 0)

ok, but are there any downsides in terms of SEO if I leave URLs like this?

That's because I am using good CMS, and I can make categories and put articles inside those categories. What I'm saying is that I can make good usability on my site without changing my URLs.

Basically, I have main menu on the top:

Home Category1 Category2 Category3 Category4

Then if you select Category1, it will take you to example.com/main-article-from-category1

and on the left side, there will appear block with links to articles that belong to Category1. So whichever category you choose, block on the left side will display links to all articles from that category.

So I think this will make good user experience. I might add breadcrumb trails into the mix.

What do you think? and should I really change URL structure? btw I am using mod_rewrite for URLs, there are no real physical directories.

bwnbwn




msg:3461596
 4:07 pm on Sep 26, 2007 (gmt 0)

"ok, but are there any downsides in terms of SEO if I leave URLs like this?"

No
If you feel the navigation is user friendy and you feel it won't be an issue for future growth leave it alone.

Best way to check this is get your mom or an inexerienced comuter user and tell them what they are there for "add an article, research something, etc." watch them see if they get lost see if you have to tell them something.

If you have to help them then it needs work if they can get around and back again then you are rocking...

Be sure and note were they get lost be sure and keep notes on clicks etc. Alyways use a man and a woman. Women tend to be clickers, men tend to be in and out. Make sure both are ok with the nav set up.

If kids will as well be using the site have them test it as well.
KEEP NOTES this should answer any question you may have...

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