Shortening URLs for SEO to keep MOZ happy while using subsets of collections

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Excursionist
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Hi there

 

I use pages of collections (subsets of collections). Moz is saying they flag any urls (not product titles) longer than 75 characters for SEO reasons. I tried to shorten my urls for the pages but then the collections don't show. It happens whether I use a redirect or not. Can somebody direct me how to shorten these URL and still have the collections show? Then would also need to shorten all extensions for products to say a number or one or two words, but will that make SEO worse in and of itself by doing that and I should scrap the whole idea?

 

Thanks

 

Thanks

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I tried to shorten my urls for the pages but then the collections don't show

 

Your going to need to elaborate on that, others cannot see your site, what templates yours using, what exact actions you are taking,etc

 

Changing a page url(handle) .myshopify.com/pages/... should have no effect on collection urls

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Thanks for reply. It is asiasell.com.au  and I use supply theme. 

 

You made me remember that the page url is not part of the collection url and I don't actually need to shorten the page urls as they are already shorter than 75 characters! It would be nice to shorten them though. For example, I would prefer to have just electronics at the end of the https://asiasell.com.au/pages/hobby-industrial-electronics. Or maybe I can change it to https://asiasell.com.au/electronics which is even easier to remember and put on a flyer etc. and redirect it to the longer one?

 

When I change that url to just say electronics at the end and even make the navbar link say "electronics" (as the link below says to do), it makes the collections disappear. There are two things in the article that it says to keep the same but I didn't need to actually need to do when I first set it up a long time ago and the present links work. In people's comments at the bottom of the article there seems to be a myriad of ways to make collections disappear from pages.

https://community.shopify.com/c/Shopify-Design/Collection-Feature-a-subset-of-collections-on-a-page/...

 

So, maybe a more pertinent question is... if I reduce the length of my product titles to below 75 characters, will the positives outweight the negatives in terms of SEO? Moz says they flag over 75 character URLs as not SEO friendly but I think google uses keywords from the url right, or only in certain circumstances. Maybe only if something else is missing. So, for example, if I changed https://asiasell.com.au/collections/breadboards-circuit-boards-10/products/100pcs-bakelite-circuit-b... to https://asiasell.com.au/collections/breadboards/100pcs-bakelite

 

Some websites have just the website url and then a slash and an item number, but then I see ebay has links like https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/10pcs-FTDI-FT232RL-USB-TTL-Serial-Converter-Adaptor-Module-5V-3-3V-For-A... 

 

So many it doesn't matter a hell.

 

Sorry for all the writing.

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@AsiaSell wrote:

I would prefer to have just electronics at the end of the https://asiasell.com.au/pages/hobby-industrial-electronics. Or maybe I can change it to https://asiasell.com.au/electronics which is even easier to remember and put on a flyer etc. and redirect it to the longer one?

https://help.shopify.com/en/manual/sell-online/online-store/menus-and-links/url-redirect

 


When I c.....nd even make the navbar link say "electronics" (as the link below says to do), it makes the collections disappear. 

https://community.shopify.com/c/Shopify-Design/Collection-Feature-a-subset-of-collections-on-a-page/...


If you want to link to a collection link to a collection. Going to /collections/electronics shows a 404

Why not describe those issues in that conversation in that thread so others know the context? 

Pages are not collections and that customization is noted as advanced for a reason.

 

 

but I didn't need to actually need to do when I first set it up a long time ago and the present links work

If you made other customizations or didn't follow such tutorials as prescribed that just makes it harders for other to guess what's wrong.

Make sure when describing things in that other thread your providing specifics for others to follow about what your doing.

 

will the positives outweight the negatives in terms of SEO? Moz says they flag over 75 character URLs as not SEO friendly but I think google uses keywords from the url righ

It wildly varies by industry and your actual content rankings, less isn't automatically friendly but excess doesn't guarantee high rankings.

 

if I changed https://asiasell.com.au/collections/breadboards-circuit-boards-10/products/100pcs-bakelite-circuit-b... to https://asiasell.com.au/collections/breadboards/100pcs-bakelite

Your looking for canonical urls, and organic search urls.

"Seo Friendly" isn't some surefire solution, what's much more impactful it's actual authorative external sites linking to your urls.

 

Overall there are way too many variables to base all SEO decisions on one checkbox from one tool, if it impacts your business you either need to invest in experimenting and education or just hire an expert.

 

 

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