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SEO Friendly Shopping Carts


SEO shopping cart Some shopping cart companies design their software so it allows keywords in the URLs and then consider their site to be SEO friendly. This is not true. There are a lot of other features that enhance keyword ranking in shopping carts and can destroy your ranking if not available. The following options are what I look for in shopping cart software:

Search Engine Friendly Carts:

  • The cart software uses keywords in the URLs for category or product names.
  • The cart produces static or HTML pages for all categories and products.
  • You can use unique titles, descriptions and keywords on all pages.
  • They use keywords in links to other pages in the cart instead of numbers.
  • They utilize header tags on the page and alt tags in images.
  • They properly utilize CSS to avoid code bloat and prevent slow download speed.
  • They allow canonical tags so duplicate pages are not indexed.

Other preferred Options:

  • The cart software can integrate your website with the cart instead of just having a cart for a website.
  • They can replicate the layout of your website into your cart.
  • You can edit the cart layout with HTML and CSS.
  • The control panel is user friendly.
  • You can add products online or via a flat file upload.
  • They host the software and your website (they upgrade the software for free).
  • They provide free tech support with the hosting account.
  • 24 hour support by phone, email and chat.


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