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Google Says Deep Subfolders In URLs Doesn’t Matter For SEO

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Google Says Deep Subfolders In URLs Doesn't Matter For SEO


Does it matter how deep your subfolder URL structure is for SEO purposes and Google rankings? No, not really. John Mueller of Google said even recently on Twitter “I don’t think any search engine would care either way.”

This is a topic we covered a bunch of times including (but not limited to):

The only case where Google might do something special for the URL paths are when it comes to separating out adult content and/or location/country/language specific sections of your site.

As I explained before as long as GoogleBot can find the URL, you are good. If you hide a link to a URL deep within your site, on a page that GoogleBot needs to click several times to get to, there is less of a chance Google will find that URL.

John Mueller of Google added that you should likely not change your current URL structure over long paths in the URL, doing so won’t really benefit you. John added “So if you have a reasonable URL structure, flat’ish or deep’ish, I’d just stick to it. If you’re making a new site, pick a structure that makes maintenance & tracking easier for you, and that you can keep for 5-10 years.”

Here are those tweets for context:

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Unusual Spike In Google Business Profile Insights Traffic For Some

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Google Business Profile Performance Metrics With Products

There are some reports that in some industries, like the auto dealership industry, there is a bug with Google Business Profile insights reporting. There shows a large and unaccounted-for spike in traffic from Google Local and Google Maps for some of these businesses in these Google reports.

There are two threads about this in the Local Search Forums – I spotted this via @keyserholiday. One local SEO named George Nenni wrote, “We track GBP searches, views and actions for around 200 new car retailers, through a Jepto API into Data Studio. We are noticing more than half of these profiles received strange spikes in searches and views, but not actions. It is the same data we are seeing directly in the GBP dashboard (attached). We track separate profiles for sales, service, parts and body shop departments for each dealer. The issue is only happening with the nested department listings.”

He shared this chart from the Insights report in Google Business Profiles:

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Another local SEO, Annika Neudecker wrote, “We track our GBP insights for our locations every month to watch growth and trends over time. I pulled my September data this morning and found a very curious change in the reported searches. It appears that the reported Direct searches increased significantly (about +1 mil) while Discovery searches fell by nearly exactly the same amount. This makes me wonder if Google has switched up how it counts Direct and Discovery searches for GBP listings. We haven’t made any changes to our listings which would prompt a big change in how they’re being found.”

Jason Brown thinks it might be a bug or maybe both. He said, “Bots or bug? Car dealerships saw huge spikes in views, but no clicks.”

I am guessing bots?

Forum discussion at Local Search Forums.

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