8 SEO tips for Ecommerce Websites

May 19, 2013 · 7 comments

by Nicky

8 SEO tips for Ecommerce Websites

Ecommerce websites have a reputation of being too confusing and too ugly. They are usually cluttered with big bright flashing graphics and a mixture of colours and fonts. This will make a bad first impression and can result in potential customers navigating away from your website for good.

That critical initial impression can hold a business back from reaching out to customers. Your products and service might be excellent but if customers cannot find what they are looking for you could be in trouble.

To improve your site you need to make it search engine and user friendly. This is a process that makes your website easier to crawl and index by Google and easier to use by your customers.  The Search engine optimization tips and site layout template below can improve the usability of your website resulting in better rankings and more traffic. A great way to build an online shop is using opencart templates for the popular Opencart e-commerse system or even using ecommerce themes designed for web shops. You may also consider investing in professional ecommerce website design.


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I have broken the website down in to sections. The Header should contain your companies Logo, contact number and various shipping and payment methods your customer can use. The banner section should contain rotating/flash banners that will promote your products.

The first copy area should contain website content optimised for SEO. Then images of your products should follow. The next copy section should contain any other relevant content.

It is important to link your company’s blog on to the main homepage of your website, you can do this in two ways create a link or have the recently published posts appear at the bottom of your homepage.

The side navigation should show case your product categories, make sure these are separated well. Attach your social media and newsletter sign up option.

The whole idea is to give your customers a fantastic user experience whilst being found in searches on Google. If you are seaching for popular custom shopping cart theme for WordPress then follow this link. Also don’t forget improving your webshop is not that hard if you choose a great wp e-commerce theme. Hope you enjoyed this.

Author : Nicky

Nicky is a business blogger for Prink Express UK , a printing and business card creation company based in London, UK. Working in Ecommerce, Nicky has been a marketer, writer and blogger for 2 years. She specializes in content creation, brand consulting and SEO. Contact her on Twitter (http://twitter.com/#!/printexpressuk)

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Gainesville Web Design July 2, 2013 at 4:30 pm

Interesting article. eCommerce SEO is certainly a tricky subject. Would be good to see some quality articles regarding link building for eCommerce websites.

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steve bulk May 2, 2012 at 3:45 pm

I would like to see how you structure a product page for SEO

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john December 13, 2011 at 6:02 pm

very useful thanks for your tips

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SEO Mauritius June 26, 2011 at 7:33 am

Nice Article the basic structure of an e-commerce website and how you managed your product is essential very helpful

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Web Design Nottingham June 7, 2011 at 11:28 pm

Brilliant tips, I will be sure to pass this on to my eCommerce clients!

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Mark Simchock June 7, 2011 at 7:41 pm

Basic but solid. Thanks Nicky.

The only thing I’d like to add is that this seems to be (and yes, maybe I’m mistaken) a model for a home page. However, if the objective is “SEO friendliness” then it’s more likely people are going to land on the page of the product they’re looking for.

In other words, if I search for “blue widgets” I should not end up – and nor do I probably want to be – on the home page. I want to end up on the blue widgets page. The more “tuned” those pages are the better. If there’s too much cross-selling, etc. that can take some of the “juice” out of the page.

Google is trying to meet the request of the searcher as exact as possible. In most cases the home page is not going to be a match that’s going to land you in top of SERPs.

Thanks again.

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