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SEO Basics: The Importance of SEO-Friendly URLs

One of the core foundations of SEO is URLs, the address of the page you are looking at that displays in the top bar of your browser. Google uses a myriad of ways to work out what your website and the pages within in are all about, and URL is one of them. Alone, it’s not an all-powerful thing, but in conjunction with everything else it’s a vital part of SEO.

When browsing websites you may have seen examples of pages with URLs like this: example.com/?page_id=42

This tells Google nothing. Your page URL should reflect the individual content of the page, so you want something like example.com/fibreglass-roofing-services

This tells Google exactly what this page is talking about, and so it’s more likely to list you when someone searches for ‘fibreglass roofing services’ of course, or similar phrases. It works even better if the content of that page is along the same lines, plus alt-tagged images and a related structure of top-level and sub pages.

If you combine keyword-rich, relevant URLs with:

~~ Excellent structure
~~ Unique and relevant content
~~ Well structured navigation
~~ Regular updates
~~ Statistics tracking

…then you have excellent foundations for some great listings.

 

Camilla Todd
Camilla Todd is Head of Digital Marketing at WNW Digital and manages Search Engine Optimisation, PPC, Social Media campaigns and Brand Awareness for WNW Digital SEO clients. You can follow her on Twitter @camilla_wnw, email her at camilla@wnwdigital.co.uk or phone on 01392 349580

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