Inside job: how internal linking can enhance your online store’s SEO

Julian Byrne - Tuesday, March 23, 2021


Inside job: how internal linking can enhance your online store’s SEO   


On the face of it, an internal link has a very simple definition: it’s a link that connects one of a website’s pages to another on the same site. In that sense, internal links differ greatly from external links, which are placed on one website but lead to another. 


However, when building your online store’s link profile, you may too easily clump internal links together with their external counterparts in your priorities list, assuming that too little differentiates them for you to do otherwise. 


Here’s why you would be very wrong to think that...


You can tell Google a lot with your internal links 


When Google sends its crawlers to assess your website and decide how prominently it should be displayed in search rankings, Google will take the site’s links into close account. It will also distinguish between the site’s internal and external links, as they won’t send out identical signals.


On the basis of where you have placed your internal links, Google will judge which of your site’s pages you deem the most important and relevant. Where those links are embedded in text rather than graphics, Google will also read that text – the “anchor text” – to help decipher what the linked-to page is meant to be about. 


Google will also garner a certain amount of meaning from the page that is doing the linking, as any two of your pages you link together are likely to be related in some fashion. Therefore, the linking page is likely to say something – however briefly – about the linked-to page.  


How exactly should I use internal links on my ecommerce website?


It’s not quite as big a puzzle as you might have initially thought before you knew how Google judges those links. As a general rule, you should prioritise placing your internal links on higher-value pages, like your homepage or higher-level category pages, and directing those links to the other pages of yours that you would like to see rank especially strongly on search engine results pages (SERPs).


You should, however, keep your internal links contextually relevant. So, while squeezing three links into a single sentence risks making your brand look pushy, a rapid succession of links could seem more sensible if arranged in, for example, a bulleted list of products often categorised together. 


What should be your ultimate objective with external linking? 


To use an apt analogy: while external linking is about attracting SEO value to your site much like you might buy delicious jam from a supermarket, internal linking is about distributing that authority evenly throughout your site – much like you might opt to spread that jam smoothly across one side of toast. 


The likely result: a site that ranks well across multiple pages, much like your toast is now extra-tasty right up to the crust. 


If you would like us to help you make your online store “pop up” more prominently in SERPs, don’t be afraid to get in touch with our search engine marketing (SEM) experts, who can carefully undertake link-building for the benefit of your ecommerce site.


3 great ways to use TikTok to promote your e-tail brand

Julian Byrne - Friday, March 05, 2021


3 great ways to use TikTok to promote your e-tail brand  

If you have only a fleeting familiarity with the video-sharing app TikTok, you might have long associated it with Generation Zers and Millennials dancing on-camera while lip-syncing to chart hits. As a result, you may not have yet realised how many e-tail brands have already entrenched themselves on the platform.
Establishing a presence on TikTok can prove surprisingly worthwhile for many ecommerce firms – especially as the app is said to have now been downloaded six billion times. However, if you want to make a big impact on this social media portal, you should craft your videos for it carefully.

Keep your videos short and sweet

TikTok users can discover new video content through the service’s For You feed. As a TikTok blog post explains: “This feed is powered by a recommendation system that delivers content to each user that is likely to be of interest to that particular user.”

TikTok’s algorithm here particularly takes account of what proportion of a video users actually watch – and the higher the proportion they do watch, the likelier the video is to be pushed to other users. Therefore, you have a strong incentive to keep your videos short and to the point.

Create videos based on trending hashtags 

Like other social networks – such as Twitter and Facebook – with which you are probably more familiar, TikTok uses hashtags. As with those other networks, you can base your content around trending hashtags in order to get it more easily noticed – although of course, the content itself still needs to be suitably riveting as well. 

Otherwise, you may struggle in your attempts to get your videos “going viral” – in other words, capturing popularity and shares outside the platform, in this case TikTok, where it originated. 

Give viewers a glimpse of life “behind the scenes”


Behind the shiny chrome that is your brand, a lot of cogs will be whirring – so, you shouldn’t be afraid to let your TikTok viewers have a good look at them. 

Perhaps you could show people how you prepare and package an ordered item before it is shipped to the customer? You could even put yourself and – if your e-tail business isn’t a one-man effort – the rest of your team in front of the camera to say a friendly “hello”. Such moves can help your company to portray itself as friendly and approachable. 

If you’re unsure how to get started with TikTok, our team here at Piranha Designs can set up your TikTok account and prime it for success when you opt for our search engine marketing (SEM) Platinum package. 

Alternatively, you might wish to speak to our experts about any of our other digital marketing or website design services – in which case, please don’t be afraid to reach out to us via phone or email. 


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