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Diagnosing Website Architecture Issues - Richard Baxter SEOgadget


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From the SEOgadget presentation archives: Diagnosing Website Architecture Issues, a presentation from SMX 2009 from Richard Baxter at SEOgadget.

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Diagnosing Website Architecture Issues - Richard Baxter SEOgadget

  1. 1. Diagnosing Web Site Architecture Issues SMX London 2009 Richard Baxter
  2. 2. About In house - UK SEO Manager at Blogger and SEO Consultant at Likes: Battlestar, Vanilla ice cream and Lib:Tech snowboards
  3. 3. Diagnosing indexing problems using Google queries Yahoo Site Explorer Canonicalization (Checklist) Duplicate content surprise Important checks you should do with your web server Tracking URLs and indexed development servers Content churn in recruitment and product driven websites “Dynamic” navigation with internal 301 redirects WEBSITE ARCHITECTURE ISSUES
  4. 4. Use Google queries Start with site:yourdomain.tld Check specific URL groups and if ok, remove Continue to break down by subfolder and intitle – look at every “theme” on your site Inspiration – draw your site architecture and use as a URL guide. Think content groups.
  5. 5. Use Google Queries What are we looking out for? You end up with:
  6. 6. Use Google Queries Sense check the number of indexed pages Drill down using inurl: intitle: and filetype: Check for legacy filetypes and old documents Look for .jsp, .php, .htm, .html, .asp, .doc, .ppt, .pdf
  7. 7. Yahoo site explorer Download the first 1000 indexed URLs Crawl list with Xenu – you’ll be surprised! Use “maximum level” set to 0
  8. 8. Canonicals checklist This is still a problem on big sites! WWW’s – – - OK - 500 Error - 404 Error - OK Trailing slashes (on or off, just not both) – – Lower or title case redirects – How to do 301 redirects in Apache .htaccess, IIS, PHP, ASP and ColdFusion – (hat tip: Beyond Ink)
  9. 9. Case study - Pagination Product page: Cameras H1 Unique text Paginated links... –
  10. 10. Case study - Pagination Product page: Cameras Same H1 Not so unique text –
  11. 11. Rel=“canonical” Add this <link> tag to specify your preferred version: <link rel="canonical" href=" tem=swedish-fish" /> Helps to solve this problem but not the answer! rch
  12. 12. Fix duplicate content Make sure your internal links are consistent • Sitemaps, content and navigational links all lower case • 301 redirect your www – decide which way and stick to it • 301 your trailing slash in or out and stick to it Hide analytics and tracking with onclick Noindex,follow your paginated pages
  13. 13. Web server header checklist Get HttpFox for Firefox ( Test internal pages give the correct response – Particularly your 404 error page... Introducing an awesome combination of SEO tools....
  14. 14. Mozlabs “Top pages on Domain” + Httpfox 9th Most linked to page is a 404 280 Linking Roots, Linkscape May 2009
  15. 15. Other web server stuff: Is your web server configured to use host headers correctly?
  16. 16. Is your development server indexed? Don’t leak your staging URLs into Google!
  17. 17. Tracking URLS For sites that sell clicks or leads to advertisers tp://www.|ksrv%60%60%60/click-10816655590799%ACurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Eargos%2Eco%2Euk %2Fwebapp%2Fwcs%2Fstores%2Fservlet%2FSearch%3FstoreId %3D10001%26catalogId%3D651%26langId%3D%2D1%26go%2 Ex%3D4%26go%2Ey%3D11%26searchTerms%3D568%2F6917& m=Sony&p=PlayStation%203%20Console%2040GB
  18. 18. Content churn Handle your product / jobs pages nicely Pages respond with a 200 server header, no content on page, <title> and meta description are gone
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  20. 20. Content churn: recruitment site Keep your pages alive, but make the user experience valuable The vacancy’s been placed, but we’ve got plenty of others! You just have to solve the internal linking problem
  21. 21. “Dynamic” navigation Navigational links point to: – /content/dynamic.asp?nodeid=237 Which 301 redirects to: – /project-management-pmo-jobs/ AND has a session ID in the URL Avoid internal 301 redirects
  22. 22. Thank you Twitter: @richardbaxter Email: Download: