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Help Re Site Structure And Redirects


Best Answer Alan Perkins , 01 February 2013 - 04:05 AM

site currently sits under http://domain.com and they have a redirect from http://www.domuain.com to http://domain.com

 

That sounds fine.  If it's a new site, you need to choose one and stick with it.  If it's an established site, you need to look at where most of the best inbound links go to already, and stick with that.

 

 

the front page or index page is something like http://domain.com/pagetitle, it seems that they have a permanent redirect from http://domain.comto http://domain.com/pagetitle,

 

That's not great but lots of people do it.  Your way (i.e. using / rather than /pagetitle) is better, but often developers struggle with that.  If they are struggling, then this is one instance where I would use a temporary (302) rather than a permanent (301) redirect.

 

 

we asked for a automated xml sitemap to be setup, again they refused to set this up as Google will index all pages no matter if there is a sitemap or not, all of the page links are at the top of the page and easy to index. Of what I can see, all pages have been indexed

 

Depends why you use an XML sitemap.  If you use it purely for indexing, they're probably right - it's not essential.  If you use it to improve your reporting in Webmaster Tools, then you need one.

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 02:50 AM

Hi there, I trust that everyone is going well.

 

We are trying to help a customer with their SEO and have come across a developer that manges their website that knows everything but actually knows nothing when it comes to SEO.

 

We have asked the most basic requests and the developer is reluctant to take our advise which is making life very difficult,

 

i understand that some of the following is fine but would like to have a second opinion if possible. We always setup a site as we would set up our own and the start with any SEO or link building.

 

a) site currently sits under http://domain.com and they have a redirect from http://www.domuain.com to http://domain.com. I asked for this to be reversed and the developer refused to do the change, my understanding that this is fine and only a visual thing more than anything else as long as we have the 1 redirecting to the other.

 

b ) the front page or index page is something like http://domain.com/pagetitle, it seems that they have a permanent redirect from http://domain.com to http://domain.com/pagetitle, we asked for this to be changed so that http://domain.com was the primary domain and again they refused to do this and said that it would not matter when it comes to SEO. Based on the above I would always link to http://domain.com/pagetitle but do not agree with the setup.

 

c) we asked for a automated xml sitemap to be setup, again they refused to set this up as Google will index all pages no matter if there is a sitemap or not, all of the page links are at the top of the page and easy to index. Of what I can see, all pages have been indexed.

 

Also this website is relatively new, only been up for a few weeks at the most.

 

Can any one comment on the above, we clearly follow standard protocol when assisting a client and always have the most basic requests actioned but would like to have a second opinion before moving forward with this project.

 

Cheers and thanks for the great place discuss SEO.

 

Cheers

Rio


Edited by malhyp, 01 February 2013 - 03:17 AM.


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Posted 01 February 2013 - 04:05 AM   Best Answer

site currently sits under http://domain.com and they have a redirect from http://www.domuain.com to http://domain.com

 

That sounds fine.  If it's a new site, you need to choose one and stick with it.  If it's an established site, you need to look at where most of the best inbound links go to already, and stick with that.

 

 

the front page or index page is something like http://domain.com/pagetitle, it seems that they have a permanent redirect from http://domain.comto http://domain.com/pagetitle,

 

That's not great but lots of people do it.  Your way (i.e. using / rather than /pagetitle) is better, but often developers struggle with that.  If they are struggling, then this is one instance where I would use a temporary (302) rather than a permanent (301) redirect.

 

 

we asked for a automated xml sitemap to be setup, again they refused to set this up as Google will index all pages no matter if there is a sitemap or not, all of the page links are at the top of the page and easy to index. Of what I can see, all pages have been indexed

 

Depends why you use an XML sitemap.  If you use it purely for indexing, they're probably right - it's not essential.  If you use it to improve your reporting in Webmaster Tools, then you need one.






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