Ultimate SEO Links™ for Miva Merchant
Shorter links that appear static are a crucial component to your Miva Merchant store's search engine success.
- Make your Miva Merchant dynamic urls appear as static pages to the search engines without losing any dynamic functionality that is lost when creating actual static duplicates.
- Make your static appearing urls located in the root directory of your Miva Merchant site (i.e. www.yourdomain.com/file.html) and thus more important to search engines rather than burying them in subdirectories like other methods.
There is a risk when using Miva Merchant dynamic URLs because some search engines like Yahoo don't index them as well as static links. Many Miva Merchant store owners have been led to believe they need to have actual static pages to remedy this problem. However this is not the case. You can make your Miva Merchant dynamic urls appear static with .htaccess rewrite code. Instructions are provided with Ultimate SEO Links on how to use this method. Store owners that have created actual static duplicates of their categories and products have been very frustrated at losing the dynamic functionality of Miva Merchant unless they jump through hoops or pay for custom coding. There is no need to go through all of this pain. Ultimate SEO Links allows you to receive all the benefits of shorter and static links while keeping all the dynamic capabilities of Miva Merchant. Matt Cutts, a Google employee, has even recommended using .htaccess rewrite code to make dynamic pages appear static.
Here is what Jason Henderson, of JMHOnline.net, thinks about Ultimate SEO Links.
"Having beta tested the original .htaccess rewrite method and used or reviewed all others, I can honestly and authoritatively say Ultimate SEO Links is by far the best method for making Miva Merchant dynamic pages appear static. I highly recommend it for all Miva Merchant store owners."
Making your Miva Merchant urls appear static also makes it easier for the end-user to view and understand what the page is about. If a user sees a URL in a search engine query that matches the title and description, they are more likely to click on that URL than one that doesn't make sense to them.
This module allows you create any style of SEO link you desire without the use of an "identifier". An identifier is something that would prefix or append the product or category code in your links. This module cleans up those links by not requiring the identifier. Another benefit from Ultimate SEO Links is that your urls will be much shorter and appear in the root directory of your site as opposed to buried in subdirectories like other .htaccess rewrite methods.
The benefits of this are less danger of long urls breaking in plain-text versions of newsletters, your urls being simpler to remember and use by your store visitors and your urls being more effective with search engines because they do not contain extraneous, non beneficial additional wording e.g "PROD" or "p" or product or category codes.
By removing the "identifiers", you increase the keyword density of the URL. Search engines are more likely to give rank to:
http://www.domain.com/code.html vs http://www.domain.com/p-code.html.
NEW Ultimate SEO Links™ Style Link:
*We do not offer support when used in conjunction with FrontPage Extensions.
http://www.domain.com/widget.html *product url
http://www.domain.com/widgetcategory.html *category url
http://www.domain.com/widget-p-widgetcategory.html *product url with category code for breadcrumbs, etc.
*Instructions are provided in documentation for use with multiple stores on one domain.