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Similar to the foundations and structure of a house, it is extremely important that a website is structured in a logical and consistent way that search engines will find easy to crawl and understand. A clear and easy-to-follow site structure leads to a great user experience, and great user experience usually leads to a website that ranks well. It also allows for easier crawling and indexing of the content, and better site links.
Some other concepts to grasp when it comes to site architecture are that:
Ultimately, the goal of your site and the architecture within it, is to drive users through to conversion in as few clicks as possible.
So for example, let’s say a user visits BMW.com and they want to book a test drive for a BMW X5.
The user will typically land on the homepage or even better on the SUV’s page itself.
From that page, they should ideally find a subcategory page that will bring them to a form to book a test drive at their local dealership.
In this scenario, the user went from typing in a search engine to booking a test drive in three clicks, which is an ideal scenario for site architecture.
A final concept to be aware of with site architecture are internal links. Internal links are ones which go from one page on a domain to a different page on the same domain. They can help search engines identify content, understand the relationship between different pages on the same site, and assess the density of related content. They are commonly used in the main navigation of a site.
Internal links are used for three main reasons:
Shane Lyons is head of Search & Analytics at Mediaworks, an award-winning media and communications agency. He has been working in Digital both in Ireland and abroad for the last 8 years and now specializes in SEO and Analytics.
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