How To Optimize Your Website URL?
One would think that, with the URL(s) of a website being its web address, that people would pay more attention to it. However, statistics and a variety of examples on the World Wide Web show that this is often the most overlooked aspect about a website when it comes to Search Engine Optimization (SEO). And this oversight remains even if you have been careful in deciding your website’s master URL.
Let’s take a common example to explain why optimizing your website’s URL for search engines is important: You blog. Now here, not only does your blog have a common URL address, but each and every post and link in your blog has a URL address of its own. So it’s prudent to ensure that all these URLs are optimized for searches. And the easiest way to do that is to keep two main points in mind:
1) Don’t Use Special Characters in the URL
Don’t use the “&” symbol or any other special characters as part of any URL address on your website if you can help it. Use letters, numbers, and hyphens instead; those are fine. However, including any other special character in the URL will only make it less likely to list on search result pages, as it is harder and trickier for search engines to crawl through those URL addresses effectively. (In simpler terms, search engines work better at crawling through and matching words, numbers, and hyphens to the appropriate keywords in web searches. Special characters, on the other hand, throw them off.)
2) Avoid Conjunctions in the URL
Most of the time, URL’s are formed based on our headings (in the case of blog posts, for example). Which is fine. But the URL would be better optimized if you avoided conjunctions and prepositions like “but”, “and”, “on”, “to”, etc. – unless they are very pertinently necessary as a keyword or searchable term.