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I am thinking of using the structure mywebsite.com/category/blog-title1 with categories being "foundational keyword" any advice against this type of architecture

  • RM

    Ricardo Muacho

    over 2 years ago #

    Hey Benoite.
    According to your description, a given blog post would look like: mywebsite.com/category/blog-this-is-an-example.
    Why not mywebsite.com/blog/this-is-an-example? This blog post would be in your /blog page and then you can tag it with the appropriate category.
    In this sense you would have the full blog post on the URL mywebsite.com/blog/this-is-an-example and the general view of all the blog posts on a certain category on the URL mywebsite.com/category/.
    I'd be also focused on trailing slashes (https://webmasters.googleblog.com/2010/04/to-slash-or-not-to-slash.html) and pagination issues (https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/1663744?hl=en)

  • MS

    Martijn Scheijbeler

    over 2 years ago #

    No, depending on the number of blog posts that you're putting out I would usually go with the URL structure that you've proposed. It would/should match all the important keywords that you're likely targeting.

  • TS

    Thomas Schmitz

    over 2 years ago #

    How you structure your URLs depends on your site content.

    domain.com/article-name
    This works well for sites when
    1) Articles are only content, plus the home page, and
    2) There is no distinction between categories or categories overlap.

    domain.com/category/article-name
    1) Articles are only content, plus the home page, and
    2) Articles are distinct to categories and categories do not overlap.

    domain.com/blog/article-name
    You can use blog, articles, posts or whatever works for you.
    1) Your site has pages, such as product pages or a shopping cart, plus the blog, and
    2) There is no distinction between categories or categories overlap.

    domain.com/blog/category/article-name
    You can use blog, articles, posts or whatever works for you.
    1) Your site has pages, such as product pages or a shopping cart, plus the blog, and
    2) Articles are distinct to categories and categories do not overlap.

  • TC

    Tad Chef

    about 2 years ago #

    A structure like you suggest works well for static websites and has been a SEO best practice before blogs. With WordPress it does not work well though. Why?

    You have to assign a category exclusively then. When you add a post to more than one category, say marketing, search and seo WordPress will assign just ONE of them randomly to the URL.

    Also once you change the category of the post later the link will break.

    The best WordPress URL structure is example.com/post-headline-shortened

    For performance reasons and URL stability - so that once you change the headline it still works - you can add the post number to it.

    That would be example.com/123/post-headline-shortened

    I elaborate on it here: http://seo2.onreact.com/wordpress-post-address-best-practices

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