There are various features of ePages 6 which have been built specifically to improve Search Engine Opimisation. You can Contact eCorner to receive your copy of "eCorner ePages Search Engine Advice for ePages 6" PDF.
Session IDs often generate long chains of letters and numbers in the URL, (starting with "ID=" or "session=") and include a number of parameters (represented in the URL with question marks "?" followed by characters interspersed with ampersands "&"). These do not work well with search engines.
The URL in ePages has been shortened to make it easier for the user to understand the results a search engine displays. Here are some examples:
Product detail page:
The position of the search term in the URL and whether it is included as a parameter are both unimportant. However, the URL is clearer if the search term is included (see above).
ePages now provides a center for search engine optimisation advice right in the administation control panel of your online store. This helps you to obtain the best possible results without wasting a lot of hard earned money.
ePages allows you to create and maintain automatically XML and HTML sitemaps. The XML sitemaps can be sumbitted to Google and Bing from the SEO Cockpit that is found in the Marketing Menu in your Administration Control Panel of the online store.
Once created ePages will automatically update the sitemap content as the online store content is changed.
Every ePages 6 Cloud based online store comes with an ability to define short, keyword based, URLs to replace the data base genreated URLs. Short URLs can be used to help your visitors more easily remember your shop pages access.
By creating the Short URLs using your product and business keywords you can also help improve your search engine optimisation.
HTML provides for sections (tags) in a Web page which are not displayed in a browser but can be evaluated by a search engine. Search engines ignore some of these because they were often misused in the past. In general, keywords should be distributed uniformly over the whole page.
The TITLE tag is the most important element for SEO. It is of course used in ePages 6. It is automatically filled with the product name followed by the shop name.
The Title should always start with the probable search term. The company name comes next. This also fulfils the requirement that every subpage has a unique TITLE tag so that the shop can be found using many different search terms.
ePages 6 supports two META tags automatically these are "keywords" and "description". ePages allows you to access and add any special HTML or CSS code to the website Head area. Meta tags have varying relevance for search engines. The short description of the product and category is written in the description attribute automatically:
< meta name="description" content="Dome tent for four persons. 2 doors"/>
Search engines evaluate the DESCRIPTION attribute.
The ranking is most positively affected when the relevant search term is found at the start of the page and then again somewhere near the end. When the search results are displayed, the description is printed highlighted and bold if it contains the search term.
At time of writing, Google ignores the keywords META tag:
<meta name="keywords" content="Camping"/>
This may change. Other search engines (e.g. MSN) evaluate this attribute. For this reason, it is possible in ePages 6 to fill out the Keywords for search engines field in the product description. Even if Google does not use this field at the moment—it is important for the internal product search in ePages 6. For example, if your product is a vacuum cleaner, you can enter "Hoover" as a keyword. The product will now be found by the ePages product search, although the word "Hoover" does not appear in the product name or in the description.
The TITLE and the META tags are found at the top of the HTML document inside the HEAD tag.
H tags are used for headings in HTML and are important for search engines. ePages 6 uses the heading levels H1 to H3. Examples:
Eureka El Capitan IV
Link to categories » Link to tents » Link to family tents » Eureka El Capitan IV
The product name is entered in H1 automatically. H2 contains the table with additional product attributes. This is a prominent place for search engines and search terms can also be entered here. H3 contains the history. This is the path to the product within the hierarchy. Although the entries are displayed at the top of the page in the browser, they are in the middle of the body area of the HTML text.
ALT tags are used for labelling pictures. ePages 6 automatically enters the product name here as well. alt="Eureka El Capitan IV"
Search engines classify ALT tags as important if the graphic is found within a link. This is so in ePages 6 as pictures of categories and products are always links.
The online store comes equiped with gadgets to link to social networks such as Twitter and YouTube. By linking and sharing the imformation on your website you can help attract new customers and also improve your SEO ranking.
Some of the Cloud Shops packages come with the ability to create Blogs and Forums as well as Guest books and Media Galleries right inside your online store. These caan help you better service your customers as well as improving visibility to search engines.
Product reviews and ratings are great to help you get feedback from your customers. By displaying the product review and ratings on your product detail page you can provide great information to visitors. search engines will crawl, index and rank information on product reviews and ratings. With a package from eCorner it is all included.