- Anthony Gomes
Technical SEO is the buzzword in the online space right now!
But it can get very annoying to encounter some of the hideous website issues, time and again! That’s actually counter-productive. Providing advanced and specialized SEO services in India, Media Fx has encountered a set of common problems during the site audit times. So here are the top 3 technical SEO problems and useful ways to curb the same as well.
1. The Problem of Uppercase vs Lowercase URLs:
This issue is rather a common one, especially with websites that make use of .NET in their URL. The issues branches from the simple fact that a server is configured in a way that it responds to the URL’s having uppercase letters and it doesn’t rewrite or redirect to lowercase version. In the recent times, this issue has gained momentum as the search engines have become much efficient in selecting canonical versions and simply ruling out the duplicates.
The simply way to solve this issue is to make use of a URL rewrite module that can assist the issue on IIS 7 servers. This tool comes with a great option inside the interface that will enable you to put into effect the lowercase URL’s. When you start doing this, a command or rule will be set to the web config file that in turn resolves the issue totally.
2. Having many Versions of your Homepage:
Once again this issue is with the .NET websites! But the same can happen to other websites as well. The duplicate homepage can be found through the search engines through XML sitemaps or plain navigation. Very many other platforms can have multiple home pages with the same site name and ending with “index.html” and “home” on their URL. However, the good news is that the new age search engines are equipped to manage this issue.
Though detecting the pages can be a tad bit challenging as various platforms can come up with various URL set-ups! However, the way to go about it is to crawl the website, then export the crawl inside a CSV, post that have it filtered by META title column and then get looking for the homepage title. You can smoothly get to the duplicate homepages. The other solution is to crawl the site using tools such as Screaming Frog, to locate the internal links that detect the duplicate page. Here you will have the chance to go ahead and edit the duplicate pages to have the same point to the correct URL instead of generating internal links going through 301 and then loosing link equity.
3. The Problem of the Soft 404 Issues:
Chances are this occurs more often that you expect! The user won’t notice anything stark different. However, the search engine crawlers will detect the issue. Simply put, a soft 404 error seems almost like the 404 error, but it generally returns to the 200 HTTP status code. Here the user sees search results such as “Sorry the page you requested cannot be found.” However, right at the back there is the 200 code that suggest the search engine about the page working fine. This discrepancy can create issues with some of your pages getting indexed and crawled, that don’t intend to be. Furthermore, a soft 404 error also indicates that you aren’t able to detect real broken pages and recognize the aspects in your website where the users get very bad experience. Here’s how to have it solved.
The good news is that this is a rather simple fix that a developer can expect, who has the expertise to set the page to get back to 404 status code than that of 200. The other alternative is to conduct a manual check by visiting a broken URL in your website and then checking the status code that you arrive at. However, few other tools that works great for checking the status code is the Web Sniffer. Alternatively, you can also resort to Ayima if Google Chrome is what you use.
With years of providing SEO services in India, Media Fx has realized that these are the 3 common SEO errors and also lists out the best solution for the same.