Help! Not sure what to do.

by gmil88
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Hi, I was hoping someone could help me with this.

We are wanting to create SEO friendly URL's for our website. For example, say the category is "Music Bands". The ideal url would be www.yoursite.com/music-bands

But what if we wanted to have more than one keyword in the URL? For example, we want to have "Music Bands" and "Music DJ" in our URL, would we just do..
www.yoursite.com/music-bands/music-dj ?

Is it smart to have more than one set of keywords in the url? What is the best way to separate the sets of keywords if you do decide to go with two? Does google have any preferences on this sort of thing?

Any feedback and information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks guys.
  • Profile picture of the author sriram rajan
    If it was pre panda then you have to focus on such things, now you have the liberty and the domain name is only a small factor in your rankings.

    You can do as the example you have suggested, and it does makes sense when you do need more than 1 word to express your intention ... So that should be just fine.
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    • Profile picture of the author tylercartys
      If the keyword density for a particular keyword phrase within the content is around 5%, then that is the keyword that should be used to name the url. I would also name the images the same keyword phrase, as well as meta-tags. Why don't you just make another page for the other keyword, it is optimized better that way...
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  • Profile picture of the author tumichael
    If it was pre panda then you have to focus on such things, now you have the liberty and the domain name is only a small factor in your rankings.
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  • Profile picture of the author gmil88
    Do I separate the keyword phrases by a "/" "and" "or"?
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  • Profile picture of the author infinityplr
    sriram rajan and tylercartys is right.

    Url's does not affect you are searchable in Google or other search engine. It lies in your contents, tags and meta-tags. Increase the use of both keywords in your content as much as possible so that it would be very much visible.

    As for your url concern, try to think of another word that would enclose music, bands and DJs. I'm pretty sure you an find a common ground for this music related keywords.
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  • Profile picture of the author eslucky
    I think it is best not to use "and" "or". Just separate the keywords with a hyphen and you should be fine.
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  • Profile picture of the author Emaloy97
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    Domain doesn't really matter anymore
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  • Profile picture of the author noelj07
    The domain may not matter anymore, but the distance a page is away from the root of the domain is still a factor. So if music dj isn't a sub folder of music bands I would recommend separating your domain structure out like this:

    .com/music-bands.html
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    .com/music-dj.html
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  • Profile picture of the author RexMapes
    You definitely do not want to use / in the domain name as this denotes a particular page in a website. It WILL hurt your ranking as Google still looks at site maps and it will look for a complete site.

    Do it as has been suggested above this post. Use hyphens between your words.

    Remember you can not have any blank spaces in your domain name.

    You can then use / to list specific pages for individual groups or blogs or whatever.

    Remember also your visitors have to type in the url and most either won't or will tend to make mistakes if your url is too long.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dan Curtis
    Originally Posted by gmil88 View Post

    We are wanting to create SEO friendly URL's for our website. For example, say the category is "Music Bands". The ideal url would be www.yoursite.com/music-bands

    But what if we wanted to have more than one keyword in the URL? For example, we want to have "Music Bands" and "Music DJ" in our URL, would we just do..
    www.yoursite.com/music-bands/music-dj ?

    Is it smart to have more than one set of keywords in the url?
    It looks as though you might have some confusion about how URLs work.

    www.yoursite.com/music-bands/music-dj is your example. In this example the page is music-dj. The section music-bands is a subfolder, and the only way that you can have this url is if you create a folder "music-bands" and then put your page "music-dj" within that folder.

    You can create folders in this way, but it should be done to organize the pages within your site and not in an effort to enhance search engine rankings.

    In any event, whether or not you will gain in search engine rankings with a specific keyword in the url is an open question. However, trying to focus on two keywords in your url is not a good idea. Whatever benefit you get from the keyword in the url will be diluted by attempting to include other keywords.

    While single pages can and do get search engine traffic for various search terms, it is probably most productive to focus your page on one topic. That way the search engines don't have any trouble figuring out what the page is about and sending appropriate traffic your way.

    In other words, if your page is about "music-dj," then make it about "music-dj" and not about "music-bands." They are two different topics.
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