How to Write Successful Website URLs and Page Names
Your website URLs are important for search engine optimization, just like title tags and page content.
Sections and Sub-Section Names in URLs
When creating a section, consider all of the pages that will be located under that section. You want to be sure you don’t name the section the same thing as one of your pages. Duplicate content will count against you when search engines index your pages.
- www.acumium.com/online/services/website-services.cmsx – GOOD
- www.acumium.com/services/services.cmsx – BAD
- www.acumium.com/website/website-services/website-services.cmsx – BAD
Keyword Usage in URLs
Use your chosen keywords in your URLs and consider how people will be searching for content on your site. For example, on acumium.com, we have a resources section, but we know people often search with the phrase “how to…” so we focused more on this keyword phrase in our URL structure. This also helps avoid duplication in the URL.
- www.acumium.com/online/how-to/website-resources.cmsx – GOOD
- www.acumium.com/online/resources/online-resources.cmsx – NOT AS EFFECTIVE
Remove Useless Words
Remove the extra, useless words unless they are part of your keyword strategy. Words like: “a, our, for, and, the,” etc. are not needed. This is usually important on product pages or for articles with long page names. For example, for this article on How to Write Successful Website URLs and Page Names:
- www.acumium.com/articles/how-to-write-successful-website-urls-and-page-names.cmsx – NOT AS EFFECTIVE
- www.acumium.com/articles/website-url-seo-best-practices.cmsx – GOOD
Page Names in URLs
When planning your site structure and page names, remember that you will need a landing page for each section. Again, avoid duplicate content. If your section is called “internet marketing,” consider naming your landing page “online marketing” or “website internet marketing.” You will want to consult your keyword list as well as the content of the page to determine this. Here are two ways to accomplish this:
SEO URL Best Practice Summary
- Don’t duplicate page names even if they are located in different sections.
- Avoid exact duplication of keywords (and phrases) anywhere in the URL.
- Remove unnecessary words in your URLs. Keep them short and sweet.
- Use shorter names for sections to allow the page name to be as close to the root domain as possible.
- It’s okay to have the URL name different than your page name/title tag.