How to Create SEO-Friendly URLs

By Jillean Kearney on March 22, 2016

URLs are an important element of making your site discoverable via search engines and for optimizing click-through rates from result pages.

Optimized URLs are clearly human-readable, and:

- Only use hyphens to separate words

- Avoid the use of parameters (If they're absolutely necessary, limit to two)

As an example, an optimized URL for a category landing page this blog looks like this:

http://www.blog.agilitycms.com/content-mangers/search-engine-optimization

Why URL Format is Important for SEO


Search Engine Rankings

Like page titles, URLs play an important role in on-page SEO because - when well-crafted - they describe a page's content and determine relevancy to search queries. When a user enters a search query into Google, results with relevant keywords in the URL are more likely to be returned than unreadable, keyword-less URLs.

Search Engine Result Click-Through-Rates

A URL should make sense to the human-eye and be easy-to-read. A URL should indicate the subject of a web page. This will help improve user-experience and click-through-rates from search engine results pages.

Anchor Texts

Back-linking is one of the most important elements of off-page optimization. URLs that properly employ the use of keywords and describe a page's content, can be of major benefit to back-linking because it provides the opportunity for the achor text of a link to match words in the URL. Using the above example of the optimized URL for this blog, if someone links "search engine optimization" tohttp://www.blog.agilitycms.com/content-mangers/search-engine-optimization, this will indicate relevancy and quality to the topic of SEO and help boost search rankings for that term.

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March 22, 2016
Categories:  Content Managers
Keywords:  On-Page SEO

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