Building A Larger Affiliate Site What About Sub Categories Under Main Category

by nik0 Banned
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Situation is like this:


Main category: Car Seats

Sub categories:
  • Infant car seats
  • Toddler car seats

Now when I add a post and I only select "infant car seats" as category the excerpt is automatically visible in the main category as well.

Also when I create the menu in the sidebar and drag those sub categories under it I have a nice drop down menu, but what sense does it make to have all those products in the main and sub category.

Obvious there's a way around it, by making the main category not clickable by adding a custom link but still.

What would be best practice here?
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  • Profile picture of the author Jan79
    Well your top category shows all car seats and your subcategories only specific ones... the user can easily navigate to which he wants to see... all or just certain seats. What is your issue with it?
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    • Profile picture of the author nik0
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      Originally Posted by Jan79 View Post

      Well your top category shows all car seats and your subcategories only specific ones... the user can easily navigate to which he wants to see... all or just certain seats. What is your issue with it?
      I want to rank the sub category pages primarly and don't want to lose any link juice on those main category pages, sure I could nofollow it but that still eats link juice, same applies to noindexing.

      I also fear some sort of duplicate issue when I have 2 categories (main + sub) that are almost identical.

      Maybe I'll just abondon the whole sub category thing and just use custom menu's with drop down where the main button is not clickable but perhaps that makes visitors kind of clueless (despite the drop down menu but you know how people are).
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  • Profile picture of the author Jan79
    If you make the main category noindex you don't have a duplicate content issue. I also always make the subsequent pages of my tags and categories noindex. I wouldnt worry about losing link juice because you have a main category, but that's me...
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    • Profile picture of the author nik0
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      Originally Posted by Jan79 View Post

      If you make the main category noindex you don't have a duplicate content issue. I also always make the subsequent pages of my tags and categories noindex. I wouldnt worry about losing link juice because you have a main category, but that's me...
      Good point, forgot about that indeed so noindex it is.
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  • Profile picture of the author SEO Power
    Are ypu cpncerned about duplicate content issues or the fact that the posts are accessible from different categories? As another member has mentioned, it's actually a good thing that they are showing in different categories so that your visitors can choose to either view all car seats or the specific type they want.
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  • Profile picture of the author mrgutter
    Originally Posted by nik0 View Post

    Situation is like this:


    Main category: Car Seats

    Sub categories:
    • Infant car seats
    • Toddler car seats

    Now when I add a post and I only select "infant car seats" as category the excerpt is automatically visible in the main category as well.

    Also when I create the menu in the sidebar and drag those sub categories under it I have a nice drop down menu, but what sense does it make to have all those products in the main and sub category.

    Obvious there's a way around it, by making the main category not clickable by adding a custom link but still.

    What would be best practice here?
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    • Profile picture of the author nik0
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      Anyone an idea if I also want to incorporate brand and price based categories?

      Any plugins for that or would it be better to switch to WooCommerce if I want to go that route?
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  • Profile picture of the author yukon
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    WooCommerce is ok for a cart/checkout but blows when it comes to SEO.

    I would go out of my way just to put WooCommerce on a sub-domain (ex: shop.domain.com) that I didn't care about for SEO (it's that bad).

    I have no idea what your trying to do with car seats. I guess it's another Amazon affiliate site.
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    • Profile picture of the author nik0
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      Originally Posted by yukon View Post

      WooCommerce is ok for a cart/checkout but blows when it comes to SEO.

      I would go out of my way just to put WooCommerce on a sub-domain (ex: shop.domain.com) that I didn't care about for SEO (it's that bad).

      I have no idea what your trying to do with car seats. I guess it's another Amazon affiliate site.
      Ah ok never really checked it out properly.

      Yep just another Amazon affiliate site but larger than usual, selling not just car seats but also strollers and other baby related stuff, 4 main and 10 sub categories. Using better writers, tons of informative content and what not really.

      Once it;s ready I'm gonna do the same for different niches like fitness, garden, hair care, kitchen appliances, sleeping and a few more.

      Initially the idea was to do 100 sites but I decided to group them so 10 niches per site really and make a total of 10 sites with a ton of themed PBN sites around it that I also put some effort in to rank them. Big project but keeps me off the street. Goal is $50k/month
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