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I could use all of your help and advice here so please don't hold back. I would love to hear about everyones experiences with Product Cart and/or the topic of the "index.asp" page being redirected two pages deep alone.
Thanks for the feedback - Saxman
The one problem I have had is getting category or product pages to rank anywhere near something considered good. I came to the conclusion that this was due to my template over-powering the unique content. Unfortunately, I can not overcome this issue without sacrificing usablity and so I opted to to what was right for my customers, at least until I can find a workable solution.
You say you opted for what is right for your customers, but don't you agree that high SERPs are of the highest priority when it comes to eCommerce sites? If we don't get them the traffic they need to do business they are dead in the water, right?
Ledfish, may I ask you what it is that you do, or were you implying that you keep the redirect in the /productcart/pc folder?
Thanks for the feedback!
What I was trying to say though was that any of the solutions I have come up with so far, that would cut down on the likeness from page to page, thus boosting the percentage of unique content, would mean that I would have to sacrifice customer usability in favor of the the search engines and I'm not willing to do that. Sure it might help SERPs, but it won't help build a loyal customer base and that is the most important thing for longevity of my site. So baring a solution, I have just opted to do what is best for the customer for the time being.
As far my comment about the default page, I was saying that like "wrkalot", what I have done is build my own default page that lies in the root directory of the site and I have gotten that page to rank very high. Considering that it is my homepage, it should anyway, but I have worked hard to make that page rank extremely well for my biggest keywords.
I'm certainly open to talking with anyone and brainstorming about possible causes and ideas on how to get productcart interior pages to rank well. So hopefully this thread will keep going, but if it doesn't or if you want hit me up with a PM and maybe we can talk on the phone to compare notes.