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25 Quick Tips To Optimize E-Commerce Website

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ecommerceSearch Engines always like to give higher priority to websites which has lots of unique content and are updated on regular basis. No doubt sites like Mashable, Lifehacker or Problogger are pretty well optimized to rank higher in search engines whenever it’s updated. And hence implementing SEO on a blog in simple & straight-forward. It’s never that complicated.

Nowadays, there any many themes available like Thesis Theme, Pagelines or Genesis that does the SEO for your blog. You don’t have to hire any SEO expert if you’re using these themes. But the problem with an E-commerce website is the lack of unique content. If you’ve not done your homework, you can loose potential customers.

A typical e-commerce website contains few 100 pages to 1000 pages where you can buy or sell products or services. For example Amazon.com or ebay.com are all e-commerce website which contains thousands and millions of products pages. And thus such websites need careful SEO planning well in advance which will help you to save lots of time and effort in future. Here are some quick SEO tips that will help you to optimize your e-commerce website.

Optimize product pages

1. Use unique Title for every product page. An E-commerce sits has number of product pages. So it’s important to have different page title for every product pages. Because titles are the first thing fetched by search engines and also seen in the browser tabs and search results. Use H1 tag for product page title as it’s the important tag for search engines.

2. Clear and Optimized product images. If you are adding images be, sure to include images from every angle with zoom-in on image hover. It would be better if the images open up in a lightbox rather than opening images in new tab. Be sure to include the “Atl” and “Title” tag to product images. Because images are another great source of traffic from search engines.

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3. Include every aspect of the product. Like it’s price, discount available, Shipping charges and specs. Also include description about the product with the targeted keywords. You can also include a short video review about the product.

4. Add customer reviews with star ratings on every product pages. Because this increases the conversions based on how many people have tried the product and worked well for them. This in-turn produces content for your product pages.

5. Adding related product on every page with it’s price tag is also a great way to increase conversions. For instance, if the user wants to buy an iPad, but he’ getting Samsung Galaxy Tab for a better price. He might be interested in that too.

6. Include targeted keywords related to the product wherever possible, like in the title or in the meta description tag. The keyword must reflect the important phrases within the webpage.

7. Remove duplicate content issue by fixing URL canonicalization of the website. The website should only have “www” or the “non-www” version of URL. And the site must direct to only one preferred URL structure.

8. URL structure. Use hyphen-separated URL instead of using blank spaces or numbers. Keep URL Lowercase. Use categories in URL instead of using dates.

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9. Include Rich Snippets- Product markup. Product markup allows you to provide Google with specific information about the products on your site. Information about price, availability, reviews and more may be used in search results to help users more quickly and accurately identify relevant content. Visit http://www.schema.org/Product for more details.

Optimize User Interface

10. Optimize the load time of the website by removing unnecessary plugins or applications. Try to avoid less jQuery objects and avoid using flash objects. Try avoiding use of images in website design, and if you’re using images, use CSS sprites to load all images as one object. Employing GZIP compression is one of the best method to optimize large HTML pages.

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11. Try to employ responsive site design that can be viewed on Tablets and on smartphones. Because search engines love responsive design that serves same set of HTML one single URL on all devices. Responsive design also reduces duplicate content issue, than serving the same content on a sub-domain [m.domain.com] This also means more conversion for your Ecommerce website, because your website can be accessed through any mobile.

12. Add a search box on every page of the website. This is the most important thing for an E-commerce website. So it’s easy for users to search any product on your website. Place the search box in a visible section like around the header section, so that a user can search easily what they are seeking for when they land on your site. Make the search results more specific by adding categories to the search.

13. Create proper search filters. Search filters makes it more easy for a user to search a specific brand product. For example, if a user is searching for a 64 GB Pen Drive, then the user can go on the Hard Drives and Storage category page, and select the filters like;

[Category page] Hard Drives and Storage > [Filter Type] Pen Drives > [Size] 64 GB

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And then the filter will show all 64 GB Pen drives of different brands with it’s price tag. This will make more convenient for the user to search for a product.

14. Add categories section in the header via Navbar. You can create a drop down category or a large drop down category like Amazon.com.

15. Make the registration process easy and smooth. Don’t make it lengthy by adding unwanted fields unless and until it’s required. Include form-filling standard autocompletetypeso it can make the sign up process more faster during purchase. See the example below:

<input type=”text” name=”field1” x-autocompletetype=”email” />

16. Make it easier for users to compare two or more different products based on its technical specs, price, outer body, etc… so the user can compare and buy the best one.

Optimize Category Pages.

17. Consider category pages as homepage because this will be useful for your products to rank higher in search engines. Implement same SEO technique on category page as you do for your homepage. Add proper Title and meta description for category pages.

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18. Include Breadcrumbs for all Inner Pages. A breadcrumb is like a secondary navigation structure. It helps the visitor to navigate back to the main product category page. A breadcrumb also helps in the internal linking of the website. Overall, including a breadcrumb makes the website SEO friendly.

19. Include search filters on all category pages.

Optimize Trust Indicators

20. Install a secured payment gateway like CCAvenue, PayPal, Authorize.net or Google Checkout. Because a payment gateway is the heart of an E-Commerce website. When choosing a payment gateway, look for Cart Compatibility, Multiple Card and Currency support, Fraud detection and Prevention service, PCI compliance, Price and Simplicity.

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21. Get a Norton Secured Seal or TrustE seal to verify website’s safety so a buyer could trust your website and enters it billing details during the purchase. And make sure you update the SSL certificate everytime.

22. Add about page, contact page [Embed Google maps which shows your company exact location] and support details [emails]. Make it easier for user to track purchase orders by providing tacking number via email automatically.

Keep a Track

23. Use Google Webmaster and Bing Webmaster to track crawlers efficiency. You can choose which pages should be crawled and which should not. You can increase or decrease the crawl rate depending on how your website is updated.

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24. Keep a track of your visitors activity. Google Analytics is a good tool to track users behavior in real time. You can track which products are ranking higher and check the traffic resources. However if your website is operating on a large scale, you can go for Premium Google Analytics tool.

25. Keep a track of your competitors to check what’s working for them. Open Site Explorer works best to monitors 10-20 competitors. Use Google Alerts with your targeted keywords to know what your competitors are upto. This will also help you to generate more content ideas.

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1 rajkumar

Amazing tips for optimizing ………my brother … I am planning to make such site but trust me its very difficult ,,, however it sounds easy to make such sites

2 Techya

Its not that much difficult for creating eCommerce site nowadays,but content should be unique as explain above product titles,descriptions,images,etc. should be clearly stated.So,your customers can understand the product more efficiently.Nice post! Yeah,some open source scripts suggestions for you guys:

1. Open Cart 2. Os Commerce 3. Presta Shop ,etc. many more. just search on google,you will lots more.

3 puneet

I was thinking that i know every thing about optimization but trust me you raised some new tips and techniques for me thanx a lot

4 Albert Nelson

Hi Sahil,
The tips you have provided for optimizing E-commerce websites is really effective. Thanks for sharing it with us.

5 Lisa

I was just wondering earlier today if video on product pages helps or is too distracting for those ready to buy? Great tips by the way ! Thanks.

6 yashdixit

nice post.Yes I agree implementing SEO on a blog in simple & straight-forward. It’s never that complicated.

7 Anirban

Hi Sahil,
Great tips for optimizing e-commerce website. E-commerce website has too many pages. So it is difficult for newbie to optimize e-commerce website. These tips are also helpful to me. Thanks for sharing these great 25 tips.

8 Nadeem Khan

One should also use some CDN service as they can reduce blog load time to almost half instantly! I use MaxCDN and so far I am quite satisfied with their services !

9 Surminga

Obviously you are using Amazon as an example and rightly so too – they have it set out exactly rig with all aspects. You would be surprised if they didn’t and it only leads to their success. If you start an ecommerce site do what amazon do!

10 Ricky

Having closely played with eCommerce website SEO, I know that most of the stuff in SEO industry is fluff. Ecommerce SEO is a different ball game where on-page SEO things don’t matter much. Having said that, I don’t completely deny that they won’t help, but that’s just a small percentage of task. It is much more complex.

11 Marc Bell

This is a really nice guide for optimizing e-commerce websites. As I’m looking to start building my e-commerce website in a few days, I’ll sure to refer back to this post of yours for guidance.

Thanks

Marc Bell

12 arun garg

very helpful tips because tomorrow is the future of e-commerce sites and sales and without doing proper seo these sites can not achieve the desired results.

13 Nelieta

This is a really great article and I found it very useful. I want to open me own e-commerce site for my photography but honestly had no idea that certain themes can make life easier and even take care of SEO tasks. Thanks again!

14 Kesil Consulting

Thanks for the post, eCommerce is a really big part of what my business does! Thanks for all the tips!

15 Trevor

Great tips on load time. I think load time is a huge issue especially on smart phones and tablets. I know when stuff takes long my phone to load I just say screw it.

16 Steve

E-Commerce seems to be a major pain to develop. What are your thoughts on the best platform to work with?

17 Koundeenya

Having breadcrumbs in search engines will look more attractive than the others. It makes users to click on it immediately. Coming to the ecommerce sites, having optimized images and category pages is a must.

Thank You

18 Marc

Optimization is one of the harder tasks, which we must face in this quickly developing century. Be it a personal site, or a business one, which we would like to make more easily searchable, this is something, which a lot of us do not know how to do. With these tips, there is a sure-win situation, provided that we follow them closely. Those nasty Google spiders always have trouble finding the less-optimized sites and I personally have had a lot of trouble with this. Thanks to this post, I now have a few ideas on how to tackle this situation with ease. Thanks for the great work and keep it up!

19 vishal verma

very well written !
thanks awesome tips for e-commerce websites totally helpful….
@alcatraz.verma

20 Susan

Great. Check also different useful plug-in. I am always looking for plug-ins which could help my website maybe you could recommend some plug-ins for backlinking?

21 Sai Krishna

Very helpful tips for my upcoming ecommerce website order which I got recently from a US client, Will note your SEO tips bro. Thanks a lot.

22 Lee

Hi
Lots for me to work on here have just bookmarked this post as there are to many things for me to improve . That I won’t remember I am going to start with taking a closer look at URL structure sounds important but haven’t got a clue how to go about it. So will have to do some reading. Maybe I should start with putting search capability on each page because at the moment I haven’t got it on any. I have added description to head them to pages.

Loads for me to do thanks lee

23 Fred

Good points. I’d add one more: get a plugin to cache the pages. This would speed up the loading time, and elliminate the need for more expensive hosting plans when a little traffic starts to happen.

24 Southafrica Casino

Thanks for sharing about removing duplicate content issue by fixing URL canonicalization. I often did that without realizing it.

25 Tisha

Thanks so much for the informative post! You how-tos will be of tremendous use to my clients. Schema tags have really come into their own in terms of importance in the last 6 months. Your readers would be well served to integrate them into their websites.

26 Lee

Really informative post. I can’t remember if I put down a preferred URL address when I set my site up I know this is really basic and should be done straight away. But better go and check.

So for that thanks lee

27 Praveen Soni

Hello Sahil Umatia,
if we have an E-commerce related site then we must use relevant images on every page, that images should be clear and proper which describes the product in a well manner. is an item is not in the stock so it will show that “not in the stock” and there must be a text field which take consumer’s e-mail address and notified them when stock is available.
thanks for sharing 🙂

28 Jim Dreesen

I must admit that e-commerce websites are very meticulous to optimized. Thanks to this post, I now have an idea on how to optimize an e-commerce site and I have found out that every detail of the products count on its optimization.

29 Timon Weller

Hey Sahil,
Nice post, another one you could of added is a good Video, while many will say videos do not help with seo, i think it actually does by adding more weight to a piece of content. Think on a product that has awesome pictures and a video makes it even more unique out there..

30 Konrad

Point #4 is dead on. I often find that positive customer reviews can do more magic (in regards to generating more sales) then fancy copy writing.

Keep it real!

Konrad

31 Lorenzo

I also recommend using images in the cart & on the checkout pages. This reinforces the products that a customer is purchasing.

32 Vikash

Very nice points Sahil. Infact I would like to add a point here with respect to SEO. In E-Com sites we have various url parameters for sorting, searching etc. So E-Com webmasters needs to handle thee URL parameters carefully and avoid them getting indexed (else it causes dupe content problem). Best way to do is to stop indexing of these parameters through Google Webmasters Tool’s URL parameters option.

33 Jimmy Lings

Nice valuable post, the SEO for E-commerce is entirely differ than the regular sites. I hope the above steps should be very helpful to promote our business into internet marketing.

34 Syed Danial

in eCommerce optimizing products images should be well optimized you should add alt tag and title tag to drive profitable customers from image serps

35 John

Obviously you are using Amazon as an example and rightly so too – they have it set out exactly rig with all aspects. You would be surprised if they didn’t and it only leads to their success. If you start an ecommerce site do what amazon do!

36 Jackie Allum

Nice little list there. I’ve always found having an e-commerce site a little daunting from the word go, but you’ve put a few nice things together there which has given me a bit more of an understanding. Thanks Sahil.

37 Melvin Rajiv

Hi Sahil
One for all this 18 tips ” wow ” . These 24 tips can boost seo for any e- commerce website in search engine friendly ways. every time am open this blog am always get new things to learn.
Thanx a lot for this

38 Gabor Sarkadi

Sahil all I can tell you that this post is pure gold!

I had a friend just recently come to me and asked how he could optimize his site and I could tell him nothing because I had no experience in e-commerce sites.

Now I have something which I can recommend to him to read!
Thank you!

39 Harshit

Hmm an interesting article and some great tips. Optimizing an ecommerce website for SEO is not an easy task, since there is very little content on the pages and the keywords are extremely hard to rank for according to me.

40 cristina

Thanks to you for this kind of information ,also i do use KeywordLuv nice for blog.
And also thanks for sharing that about removing duplicate content issue by fixing url canonicalization.

41 kafreena

Thanks for sharing the quick tips. In the start E commerce sites are difficult to optimize. I will implement some of the tips you’ve mentioned.

42 kafreena

Thanks so much for the tips, Actually it was a bit hard to optimize my wordpress Website. I’ll apply your tips now to improve my site.

43 Tauseef Alam

Hi

I always suggest to my team while optimizing a eCommerce site that good user experience is key to success when it comes to eCommerce website. You really nail some good points in the starting of your article about the usability of an eCommerce website.

Although your website internal link structure & backlink structure also plays a major role in eCommerce website optimization.

Regards
Tauseef Alam

44 vicky

Search Engines always like to give higher priority to websites which has lots of unique content and are updated on regular basis. No doubt sites like Mashable, Lifehacker or Problogger are pretty well optimized to rank higher in search engines whenever it’s updated. And hence implementing SEO on a blog in simple & straight-forward. It’s never that complicated.

45 John

Hi Sahil,
Great tips for optimizing e-commerce website. E-commerce website has too many pages. So it is difficult for newbie to optimize e-commerce website. These tips are also helpful to me. Thanks for sharing these great 25 tips.

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