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Folders & Sub-folders
Posted 20 August 2003 - 04:23 PM
As a part of my (seemingly neverending) SEO education, I am doing a bit of reading and seem to be coming across a little inconsistency regarding the use of subfolders within a site for storing related groups of pages.
Basically, I have heard a few people say that doing this can impare SEO efforts, negatively affect rankings, and generally make one feel like they are trying to "ice skate up hill".
However I have also come across a few articles that say this is ok and that the impact is negligible (if there is any).
What have you (collectively) seen to be the case? I know that individual results may vary, but I would just like a consensus.
Posted 20 August 2003 - 07:03 PM
I guess the only thing I can say for certain is that I've experienced no penalties for it, since there are so many other things that affect your rank.
I remember Sharon and Roy posting some research they had done on this (which is why I tried it) and it seemed to make a difference. I don't remember the link, sorry.
As long as it's not obviously being done in a spammy fashion it should be OK. I found that organising the site this way actually made it a lot easier for me to create Site Maps and think about an effective web structure.
Edited by mcanerin, 21 August 2003 - 06:55 PM.
Posted 20 August 2003 - 07:16 PM
It's all in how you link to the inner pages. If you're linking to those subfolder indexes from your main page, they should be counted exactly the same as if you linked to pages in your root folder.
However, if you can't get to a page until you've made say 5 clicks, it really doesn't matter if the page itself is in the root directory or buried into 5 different folders. It's the number of clicks to get to it from the home page that seems to determine it's importance to the search engines.
Hope this helps!
Posted 20 August 2003 - 07:32 PM
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