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URL Optimization: SEO Tips You Should Know  

For the Internet users, a URL (Uniform Resource Locator) is nothing more than an address that points to a unique web page. But for an SEO expert, it’s a whole lot more than that.

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A URL provides a number of signals to search engines such as:

  • What kind of content is published on the page
  • What is the purpose of the page
  • Who is the intended audience of the page

The signals can be strong or weak but it is very important that you optimize your website’s URLs for the best results. Listed below is a compilation of the most important guidelines that you should keep in mind:

1. Always create URLs that can be easily read by humans

If the URL looks like the output of an encryption algorithm, for instance, neither search engines nor humans can read it.

Example of a bad URL:

Example of a good URL:

2. Use Hyphens NOT underscores in Web Page URLs

Google crawlers do NOT read underscores.

Example of a bad URL:

Example of a good URL:

3. Got any bad URLs? Use Robots.Txt file to block them

This way, you can manually tell search engines like Google NOT to consider these URLs. A bad URL may also be the one that points to the same page that another, well-optimized URL points to.

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4. Keyword Optimize Your URLs

Use target keywords in the URLs. Let search engine keywords know what your pages are about. Just don’t make them completely unrelated to the content published on pages.

5. Start Using 301 Redirects

As and when the URLs of your website undergo some changes, make it a point to use 301 redirects for ‘informing’ Google about the change. You do not want to lose your hard earned page rankings, do you?

6. Have any Mobile Friendly URLs?

Make sure to add them all to the sitemaps. This is how you can increase the chance of these ‘mobile-friendly’ pages ranking higher in Google’s mobile search results.

7. Create easily identifiable category structure for the URLs

You may just have all URLs as:

  • com/url1
  • com/url2
  • com/url3
  • .. and so on

Or, you may have them organized in a meaningful way such as

  • com/products/url1
  • com/products/url2
  • com/offers/offer1
  • com/offers/jackpot/jk1

The idea is to create a directory structure that search engine crawlers can easily understand.


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