Search Engine Friendly osCommerce Sites

Major search engines such as Google, Yahoo! and Bing can be major sources of organic targeted visitors to your osCommerce site. These search engines use robots to visit your site and index your site’s pages for inclusion in their search engine ranking results.

If you’ve decided to undertake osCommerce seo yourself, there are a few things you should know if you want a search engine friendly osCommerce and make it more likely to be indexed in Google, Yahoo! and Bing.

Minimize Use of Flash

Flash websites are very appealing and great if search engine optimization is not an issue. However, for most osCommerce website owners, search engine optimization is essential to bringing targeted visitors to their sites.

Consequently, when creating a search engine friendly osCommerce website, care should be taken to minimize the use of flash and/or placing important information in flash files.

The problem with flash is the same as with using javascript which is detailed below. Search engine robots can only read your site’s source code text. When flash is used, there is no source code text for the search engine robots to read. Therefore if your site is all flash or if your flash files contain important information about your products or services, that information may not be indexed.

If using flash, the file should be fast loading and limited to use in the header section of your osCommerce website. Also, you should avoid placing important information in the flash file unless you have a pure text alternative.

Avoid Using Javascript Menus

There are a lot of neat things that can be done with javascript. However the one thing that can’t be done is having javascript links read by search engines. Why is this important? Well because search engines can’t read javascript menus, your site’s pages won’t get any value from the use of keywords in the link text.

Using CSS menus may be a better option to using javascript menus. If you do choose to use javascript menus, you should provide regular links as an alternative elsewhere on your pages.

Search Engine Friendly Urls

One of the most important thing that you can do to make your site search engine friendly is to convert osCommerce’s dynamic urls into search engine friendly urls.

An important element of search engine optimization is creating urls that contain a page’s keywords. osCommerce search engine friendly urls module such as Seo G Urls or Ultimate Seo Urls, convert osCommerce’s dynamic urls into search engine friendly urls which helps improve a page’s search engine rankings.

Improve Page Loading Time

Decrease your page size to improve page loading time. This can be done in a number of ways including optimizing images, using external style sheets rather than styling with html tags and moving javascript to external files.

A search engine friendly oscommerce site is an important factor in ranking well in the major search engines and in obtaining more targeted visitors to your website.

Contact today to discover how our osCommerce Seo services can help improve your osCommerce site’s search engine rankings.