SEO is a diverse field and strategy ensures the popularity of the business leading to lead generation. Each website to be optimized requires relevant tweaking in order to be visible in search engine result page. The most crucial part is on-page or onsite SEO, that helps to make the website fit for the search engine. Search engine, mostly Google is the medium where people look for information and other things, so optimization should be done in a way that it will be benefited by the algorithm change Google does to improve the user-experience. It is not only about, inbound marketing, rather the technical side can be managed by the onsite changes but are sometimes overlooked by digital marketers.
Let’s look into the points that generally gets missed:
Using Nofollow for URLs
For hiding the pages or the links that are not for the search engine, to prevent indexing thin content containing pages, internal search result pages for A/B test we use “nofollow” tag. But stop doing this as this doesn’t prevent the page to get indexed but hinders the hinders the page rank process of your website. To say it in other words, though the “nofollow” tag doesn’t restrict page rank to pass through a link, still, Google considers all the links on the webpage while deciding what PageRank can be passed. Some of the newbies in this field use “nofollow” in the content in order to stop the indexing but it doesn’t serve the purpose, so don’t do it even for the pages you want not be indexed. Whereas you can use <meta name=”robots” content=”noindex, follow”>
Requirement of canonicalization
The canonical tag in HTML is: <link rel=”canonical” href=”http://www.example.com[/]url-a.html”[/]> This helps the search engines that the URL mentioned should be considered as “canon”. Now the question is why will you require this tag? To prohibit the duplicate content from getting indexed. This also may pass the Page Rank to the canonical page, so need to be worried loosing page rank. Some of the conversion optimizers may be unsuccessful, in the A/B test one should use the canonical tag to restrict the alternate page to get indexed. Differences on the product pages, like that are with various color are example of this. Sitewide canonicalization is the better solution for website that have query strings.
Poor URL architecture
This is quite a complex part of optimizing, so don’t be too fast to do it as that can hurt the site rather than benefiting, if not done meticulously. The common problems that arise while structuring the URL are:
In the case of a blog post that is listed in various categories, makes it’s presence in multiple folders, leading to duplicate content problem.
URLs that are only in parent domain is not fit for SEO, the main pages must be listed in further folders to know the page specific category.
404 pages URLs in the folders. When a URL is kept subordinate to the folder, it is obvious that users will think it to be an operational page. It is completely confusing for the visitor, so it is better to keep these pages link in a parent folder.