First things first, it’s a myth that if we fill our commerce store with hundreds and thousands of products, it will automatically drive search engine traffic to our eCommerce store.
When planning to optimize an e-commerce store, you need to understand that it is much more complicated than optimizing those 5-page company websites or blogs. So what is it that we need to keep in mind when optimizing our commerce store for search engines, and what are the common errors we have seen that most of the commerce store owners do and do again.
1. Lack of Product Description
An image is worth a thousand words but then missing on putting a text description on your products is the first NOthing you should do. Insufficient product information will reduce your chances to almost a zero to be on a search engine’s radar. Search engines can not read images (as of yet), and when they come across one, they look for “alt tags” that you have provided as a description of the image. So the first thing you should do is write a crisp definition of the products you put in your commerce store.
2. Using Product Descriptions from Manufacturers
Ok, so you sell mobile phones or camera’s and since the parent company has already invested in writing a description and details about the product you sell, then why not copy the same from their website. “What’s the harm in that?” isn’t this the thought you get when planning to put your products for selling, but hang on for a minute, isn’t this the thought everyone gets when they plan to put the same work for selling online on their store.
Search engines are hungry for new and unique content; coping with your product descriptions from the parent website makes you a victim of non-unique content. You can copy content from the parent website but feel free to make some amends to it to become unique to your website.
Always create unique content, fro your website.
3. Lack of Product Reviews
Ask your self a question, what do you do as the first thing when you plan to buy a top brand newly launched mobile phone or a new shirt. Your research for the features ok that’s yada, yada, and the most crucial part you look for. Isn’t it the reviews of the product buy others who have purchased it. Thoughts are major decision influencers for the products you sell in your store, and the more you get them, the better it is for you. Did you know that Reviews are also small snippets of unique content for your website, which comes for free, keep your website content unique at all times and more interactive for your customers? Make sure their buyers review your products.
4. Not Optimising Product Pages Based on The Search Demand
What do you think will give you a better conversion “car” or a “Pre-owned Red Ferrari 2012 model”? Research your keywords and make your product pages optimized for your search engine demand.
5. Non-Unique Titles
HTML plays a significant role in search engine optimization of your commerce store. A title tag is one of the most important tags to miss, and what we have seen that most store owners create a whole store with a single title tag <title> running thru the complete e-commerce store.
Like the rest of your content, be sure that your title tag is also unique.
6. Lack of “Speaking” URLs
You must have come across some URL’s that leaves you confused. What do you need a store URL like
WOW, this URL does not speak anything about the product but does talk about a lot about the developer. Try to make your store URL’s as saying as you can, something like
THE UNIQUE TAKE AWAY
So, what is it that is preventing the growth of your e-commerce site?
YES! It lacks unique content and a word of caution. Search engines are for the users who don’t make your commerce store for search engines but for the customers who buy from it.