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[resolved] Change url of directory more seo friendly urls? (23 posts)

  1. webcabbie
    Blocked
    Posted 9 months ago #

    Hello,

    I have the directory installed on my site for my local taxi business. My idea was that local people would search for other types of businesses and stumble upon my cab company. Is there a way to make the urls more seo friendly? I had my outsourcer set this up and the business directory url is http://reverecab.com/business-directory

    Is there a way to change the url for this that I am not seeing to insert city name,state,other keywords so Revere-Ma-02151 business directory would be a bit better I think.

    Also on the actual listings themselves is there a way to make it so the url is created from name of business ,city name?

    Like this listing http://reverecab.com/business-directory/205/bianchis-pizza

    If you do a goog search for the same business http://www.yelp.com/biz/bianchis-pizza-revere this is the number 2 listing. I know Yelp has 40 million pages and their domain is older than mine but you see how they always jam the cit name in the url? Thats better seo.

    Any help?

    http://wordpress.org/plugins/business-directory-plugin/

  2. businessdirectoryplugin
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 8 months ago #

    Hi webcabbie,

    So, for SEO purposes, the first thing you need to do is install and use Yoast SEO with BD. It's the best choice, as we are most compatible with them.

    For the SEO suggestion, the URLs we use now are quite SEO friendly, but we can look to add the location information, if it's present. That would be a nice enhancement of the maps or regions modules for the future. We don't have this ability out of the box today, unfortunately.

    The URLs are generated in a standard pattern and you don't get the option to configure it right now, but again, that's an interesting suggestion. SEO is driven off of many factors, not just the URL. I wouldn't judge your site's SEO against Yelp, just because Yelp is older, a more reputable domain that many others (which Google gives LOTS of extra points to), and much higher traffic, so they get natural advantages that even the most awesome SEO won't give you.

  3. webcabbie
    Blocked
    Posted 8 months ago #

    My friend show me 1 #1 result for any search term with 10,000 or more searches a month that does not have the search terms in the url and I'll eat my shoe.

    Your scripts are great. No question you code php better than 99.9% of the people on the planet. However if you don't know that the keywords MUST be in the url you have LOTS to learn about seo.

    If you make this change your users will love you.

    Same change needs to be made to the AWCP

    You know why Craigslist ads stopped ranking? Because they stopped putting the keywords in the URL.

  4. webcabbie
    Blocked
    Posted 8 months ago #

    Also the proper way for you to set this up would be

    URL=city,state,listing name ok?

  5. businessdirectoryplugin
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 8 months ago #

    We will consider this for another release.

  6. craynkshaft
    Member
    Posted 8 months ago #

    Love your plugin. This would be great for me, too. +1

  7. konradszt
    Member
    Posted 7 months ago #

    how can i change part of address taxonomy "business-directory" from w website http://katalog.ellan.pl

  8. businessdirectoryplugin
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 7 months ago #

    Hi Konradszt,

    If you mean, change the slug name, that can be done through Pages admin the usual way. The slug can be whatever you want--BD doesn't require that it be "business-directory".

    If you meant something else, could you please explain it?

  9. konradszt
    Member
    Posted 7 months ago #

    But there are only:
    Directory Listings Slug
    Categories Slug
    Tags Slug

    Nothing to remove/change "business-directory" form http://domain/business-directory/

  10. businessdirectoryplugin
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 7 months ago #

    You also have a page with the [business-directory] shortcode on it called "Business Directory". If you change the slug on this page, it will alter the URL you show above.

    The other slugs are also in control of different URLs and you can change them as well for category display, the general listings URL and tags.

  11. konradszt
    Member
    Posted 7 months ago #

    i dont have page you are talking about. No [business-directory] at all in any of plugin settings

  12. businessdirectoryplugin
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 7 months ago #

    You must have at least one page with the BD shortcode. Perhaps you have the older shortcode listed here: http://businessdirectoryplugin.com/support-forum/faq/valid-bd-shortcodes-2-1/

    Can you search your pages for the directory shortcode? Or look for page with the title "Business Directory"? That would be the one.

  13. konradszt
    Member
    Posted 7 months ago #

    Yes i have page with [businessdirectory] shortcode. This is homepage and changing slug doesnt take any effects for changing website address structure. How to fix it?
    I dont want to have any slug name in link structure of single entry.

  14. businessdirectoryplugin
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 7 months ago #

    The page referenced above is actually used to generate some of the URLs for BD, so changing the slug ought to change the URL structure accordingly for BD pages and links.

    It would help to see a link to your site if this is not working.

  15. webcabbie
    Blocked
    Posted 7 months ago #

    Im not sure what others had in mind but what I was looking for was to have the plugin generate a more search engine friendly url when a post was published. Yes I know I could go back and just fix the urls but I am bulk uploading listings from a .csv. That is really not an option for me as I just started and have a several hundred listings already I will eventually have something in the neighborhood of 50,000 or so listings.

    http://www.luckytaxicab.com/business-directory/9643/eastern-express-car-wash-2/

    This listing for a carwash for instance. It should include the city name and zip code in the url. This is much more search engine friendly

    Here is another example
    http://www.luckytaxicab.com/business-directory/7727/drink/

    If the name of the city this place is located in as well as the zip code were inserted into the url it would be alot better for search engines.

  16. konradszt
    Member
    Posted 7 months ago #

    i have bd plugin already installed on http://katalog.ellan.pl.
    [businessdirectory] shortcode is added to the page i set to be home page. Title of this page is empty so there is nothing to became a part of website address. So address of the single bd entry supose to be like
    http://katalog.ellan.pl/26/przepisy-na-pizze/ (and that is taxonomy im trying to have in my directory. Without business-directory or other unnecessery word in address)
    and i still have http://katalog.ellan.pl/business-directory/26/przepisy-na-pizze/

  17. businessdirectoryplugin
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 7 months ago #

    You can't remove the "business-directory" slug from that URL, as the single page you're using to display your directory is something we have to use to output the data. So the URL will always include something for the slug.

    However, you can rename that slug to something else if you like. When you do so, that won't change anything about your homepage, but it will change listing URLs. You can't have this:

    http://katalog.ellan.pl/26/przepisy-na-pizze/

    But you could get this:

    http://katalog.ellan.pl/something-else/26/przepisy-na-pizze/

    if you renamed the page slug to something-else.

  18. konradszt
    Member
    Posted 7 months ago #

    page slug = page title?
    Doesnt take any effect on the home page.
    On any other working.
    Right now page title with bd is set to "wpis" and im still getting url with "business-directory"

  19. businessdirectoryplugin
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 7 months ago #

    No, page slug is not the page title. See here for how to configure page slugs in WP: http://wordpress.org/support/topic/what-is-a-page-slug?replies=2

  20. konradszt
    Member
    Posted 7 months ago #

    thank you

  21. alucas2k
    Member
    Posted 5 months ago #

    Hi,

    Related with this subject, I'm testing the directory and I see something weird... when I'm in a category page, the URL looks like:
    http://test.latriboo.com/el-masnou/directori/wpbdm-category/centres-medics/

    How can I remove "wpbdm-category"??

    Many thanks

  22. businessdirectoryplugin
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 5 months ago #

    Hi alucas2k,

    You can't remove this--it's the pseudo-page that BD uses to specifically display the output of the category content. You can alter the name of the slug under Directory Admin->Manage Options, General tab, though.

  23. alucas2k
    Member
    Posted 5 months ago #

    Thank you!!!

    Very cool plugin, well planned and very useful.
    You really deserves the benefits of this plugin.

    FYI, you should improve the design style like this:
    http://www.myeventon.com/

    Best wishes!!!

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