Magento accounts for 31.4% of top 100,000 eCommerce sites, so you simply can’t afford to overlook Magento SEO. In this guide, we’ll teach you how to optimise your Magento 2 eCommerce site to improve your brand’s visibility.
Magento SEO is a set of SEO adjustments, specific to the Magento platform. Magento has many great SEO features that you can optimise to gain better results, so let’s dive in!
Whilst we can all agree that every businesses goal is to generate conversions, if your website isn’t generating traffic, you simply won’t meet your goals.
This is where Magento SEO comes in handy. Below we have compiled a list of some of the benefits of SEO for Magento 2 stores:
SEO is an extensive subject with a lot of scope that you can implement to improve your site’s rankings in the SERPs.
Important: Before you delve into all the advanced SEO techniques, be sure to get the basic on-page and off-page SEO right first.
On-page SEO involves optimising your website’s internal pages to rank higher in the SERPs. On-page SEO consists of several factors, including the quality of your content, your pages hierarchy, the navigation of your site, the overall user experience and much more.
These are all aspects that can be controlled by you and below, we will show you how:
The quality of both your page title and meta description directly impact your rankings and your click-through-rate (CTR). As a result, this means that it is important to write page titles that satisfy both crawlers and visitors alike.
As Google only displays the first 50–60 characters of title tags, you should keep your titles below 60 characters so they aren’t cut off in the results page. It is also best practice to include your main keyword in the beginning of the title to ensure that visitors see it first.
It is also extremely important that you only have one H1 tag per page. Use subheadings H2, H3, and so on in a proper hierarchy, for example:
To edit the default title and description of the homepage of your store:
To edit titles for product pages:
Related: SEO Basics: A Beginners Guide to SEO
Meta descriptions are the short text that is displayed below the title and the URL in the SERPs. Much like your title tag, your meta description needs to please crawlers with the help of keywords, as well as being compelling for visitors. Otherwise, they are less likely to click through to your store.
Consider your value propositions when creating meta descriptions to encourage more click-throughs to your store. If you provide free shipping, include it in your meta description so that it is clear to visitors before having to click on your site.
Again, keep your meta descriptions short and under 155 characters, to avoid being cut off in the SERPs.
To edit the default meta description on your Magento store’s home, product, category and content pages, follow the same process as described in the previous section.
Magento SEO friendly URLs are an important factor used to rank websites by search engines.
A site’s URL structure should be as simple as possible. Consider organizing your content so that URLs are constructed logically and in a manner that is most intelligible to humans.Google
URLs like www.example/mens/product.com vs www.example/mes/product24739.com are much more readable for search engines and visitors. Essentially, your URLs must be succinct, consistent and lowercase.
Important: Rewrite URLs to make them SEO and user-friendly.
To define the settings for the URL structure:
Another important element of your website to optimise is your content for primary and secondary keywords.
Related: How to do keyword research for SEO
Posting long-form content that is keyword-optimised, such as how to guides, on a regular basis will really help you to rank highly on the SERPs.
As a result of posting regular content, you can target various forms of keywords (longtail and short tail) to suit different user intent. For example, you can use your blog pages to target informational searches, whilst product pages will encourage purchase intent by using phrases like ‘buy mens shoes.
Important: Remember to use internal linking in every piece of your content to build internal links to your product and category pages.
Displaying an SSL certificate is extremely important. This is particularly important for online businesses because potential customers will have to enter their sensitive card information to complete the purchase. Using HTTPS will ensure a secure environment for customers, thus building trust.
To set up HTTPS:
Off-page optimisation involves everything that you can do, outside of your website, to improve your SERP rankings.
Let’s take a look at the the most important off-page SEO factor that you must focus on.
Backlinks are links on other websites that are directed back to your site. Google considers relevance, quality and the amount of backlinks as the most influential ranking factors.
Without a proper backlink strategy, your website won’t appear on the first page of the SERPs because Google views links as signs of trustworthiness and authority.
So, in order to build high-quality backlinks to your Magento store, you need to ensure that you do the following on a regular basis:
Involves creating quality content, such as blog posts, to authoritative websites and publications.
As well as boosting your rankings, guest posting also helps to capture new audiences, helping to gain their trust. Overall, guest posting is a well-established way to earn quality backlinks and improve your online brand visibility.
The content posted by top niche bloggers (fitness, travel, food etc) is trusted by a large community of people with similar interests.
Blogger outreach is the process of partnering with bloggers to create useful, authentic content to promote your brand or products. This way, you can leverage reader influence to gain more brand exposure.
To gain blogger outreach:
Linkable assets involve creating and publishing highly-shareable content. These can be highly descriptive how-to guides or interactive infographics which can be published on your website, then pitched to high authority blogs and media publications in the industry.
Remember: If your content is high quality, more people will be happy to promote/ republish your content.
You don’t just need to publish fresh content to build your links. In fact, your brand could be mentioned on many sites without being linked to. Using tools like MarketingMiner and Google Alerts, you can find unlinked mentions, then contact those publishers to request that they link to your site. This is known as link reclamation.
You can also look for broken links on relevant niche websites. If you find a broken link, reach out to the site owner and let them know about the broken link and request them to replace it for a valid link. Broken links negatively impact SEO, so it’s equally beneficial for both parties to fix the issue.
Note: Generally, the more backlinks, the better. But remember, keep these links relevant, natural and of high quality.
Below we have listed some of the best (free and paid) Magento 2 SEO extensions:
Magento 2 is undoubtedly one of the best eCommerce platforms for SEO due to their customisation and built-in features. However, there may still be some SEO issues that you may need to fix, including:
In Magneto, you can create configurable products, whereby you can provide multiple options (size, colours etc) to users and on each option, you can set different prices. The options selected are separate products with a unique SKU, making it easy to track inventory for each product variation.
As a result of this, you will face the problem of duplication issues which is a high priority that often plagues eCommerce websites.
Duplication issues arise when the same or very similar content exists on different pages within the same website. This is problematic for search engine crawlers as they don’t understand which of the two pages should be considered as the preferred version.
To help Google to understand which version of the page you’d like to be indexed, use the rel=”canonical” tag.
Note: When dealing with duplication issues, canonical URLs are seen as the most authoritative URL and will be shown above other duplicate pages.
To activate the use of canonical tags in Magento 2:
Magento does not use the prev/next pagination attributes link on paginated pages to explain the relationship among these pages. Although Google no longer needs this attribute to make sense of a series of paginated pages, ranking on other search engines may be affected.
Follow these best practices when it comes to pagination:
Very often, Magento will generate product and category URLs that switch back to the original /catalog path along with duplicate URLs as per the page titles. It’s important to keep an eye out for these URL rewrites and ensure they don’t get indexed by adding them to the robots.txt file.
URLs may be appended with numerical values due to the ability to filter products and the internal site search, which isn’t ideal for SEO.
In Magento 2, as standard, URLs with query parameters are indexable. For example, if you filter prices between £25 and £50 on a category page, you’ll be directed to a URL like: https://example.com/category/?price=25-50. This URL should not be indexed.
Your robots.txt file should be configured to exclude query parameters, unwanted folders and pagination.
Internal search result pages in Magento 2 are robot-indexable by default, which is bad for SEO. As a result, this can lead to a large number of low-quality pages being crawled and indexed which can impact crawlability.
An effective way to fix this is by adding noindex, follow meta robots tags to all internal search result pages.
There’s so much you can do to boost your store’s search engine rankings. If you are feeling a little overwhelmed with all the Magento SEO tips and best practices that you should follow, then use our SEO checklist that you can tick off as you progress.Magento SEO checklist
And there we have it! We have covered everything you need to know to get started with ranking your Magento store on page 1 of the SERPs.
In short, start with basic on-page optimisation techniques and be consistent with off-page optimisation. Then, step up your SEO game using structured data, AMP and other advanced Magento SEO techniques.
We offer in-depth SEO audits to help with your Magento stores success. In our audit, you will receive a comprehensive breakdown of factors that could be affecting your site’s visibility – with a clear prioritised breakdown of what we can do to help you fix them. To learn more about SEO, get in touch with our experts!
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