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HostedShop is a very search engine friendly system and is continuously optimated for search engines. The structure of the system is built for the search engines to easily track the pages, products and other content to include in the search engine database. HostedShop maintains a constant high standard concerning the indexing of your site content.
The system contains a number of built-in tools to use for optimization and improvement of your websites placement in the search engines. Among these are control of meta tags, URL's and 301-redirects.
When working with content and search engine optimization in HostedShop, there is a number of areas to be focused on. Below are the most important tips for search engine optimization in HostedShop. It is not a complete guide. If you wish to emerge yourself in search engine optimization it is best to seek assistance with a bureau or read a book on the subject.
Before you go online
We recommend closing down the front end, while working on a web solution which is not yet online. This allows you to access the entire website, while others (including the search engines) access a closed page with no content and you avoid the search engines indexing a temporary website and its content. If this happens, duplicated content will be created when your web solution is ready and goes online on the real domain.
Your front end can be closed down under CONTROL PANEL > SETTINGS > FRONT END STATUS
”Content is king”
Search engine optimization is first and foremost about the content on your website, and headline and text content are important in particular. There is no shortcut to good search engine optimization. If the content is not of a high quality, your website will most likely range low on the search engines. Content of high quality includes:
Images and other graphical elements
Remember that the search engine does not "see" your website, but "reads" it. Images, flash elements etc. are not weighted as highly as text. Therefore, remember to attach descriptive names to your files, such as "t_shirt_with_i_love_new_york_print.png" and attach a title to the pictures in the text editor. Otherwise, the search engines will not be able to read and index your files.
Search engine optimization in HostedShop
Once the content is of a high quality, the point "Search engine optimization" on pages, products etc. in HostedShop will help you towards a better optimization. Read more about this here.
Close your old links and avoid duplicate content
When you move from one system to another or continuously work with content, dead links or duplicate content may occur. Google Webmaster Tools is a great tool for tracking duplicate content and this program is fully integrated with HostedShop. Content problems are registered in Google Webmaster Tools under ”Diagnosing” > ”HTML suggestions”.
If your wish to close an old link, this can be achieved by setting up an SEO redirect in HostedShop. An SEO redirect is set up in the CONTROL PANEL, in which an old link can be closed with a "404-redirect" or directed to a new link with a ”301-redirect”. The change will be registered in Google Webmaster Tools in time.
On the search engines high link popularity is continuously one of the most important parameters for good positions. Concurrently, the popularity and relevance of the websites linking to you also have great importance. If you sell t-shirts it is more relevant for you to be linked to by an established t-shirt manufacturer than by a private customer writing about the purchase on his or her blog. When others link to your website it is important that the page containing the link (the content) as well as the text on the link contains the keywords you wish to be identified by. It is therefore better to be linked to by "Buy t-shirts press here" than "Open www.your-domain.dk".
If you wish to check how many sites are currently linking to your site, try typing the following into Google: "link:www.your-domain.dk". Google Webmaster Tools also contains great tools for tracking links and the popularity of keywords.
Rich Snippets is a way to mark your data this enables search engines such as Google to read your content correct. With Rich Snippets it is e.g. possible to mark the price on a product which among other thing will be shown in a product search on Google. This gives you a better categorization as well as ranking on Google - and at best - more clicks.
HostedShop is currently supporting the following Rich Snippets: