SEO for Starter Sites

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Search engine optimization, more commonly known as SEO, can be a powerful tactic for improving your site’s rankings on Google and other search engines. Stores can expect to attract more customers simply by appearing higher in the search results.

Starter site is a single-page site that comes when you register with Ecwid. This site is naturally indexed by Google. Here, we’ll show ways to improve your Starter Site’s index.

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Connect your domain

Your Starter site comes with a domain (example.ecwid.com) by default. We recommend replacing this with your own domain to improve indexing.

Read about how to connect your domain to Starter Site.

Use Google Search Console

Google Search Console is a special service that allows to help indexing and watch how it goes.

Read about how to use Google Search Console.

Add your sitemap to Google Search Console

A sitemap is an XML file that contains a list of site pages. A multi-level menu (Home → Category → Subcategory1 → Subcategory2 → Product) takes Google a longer time to index these products because they are deep in the site structure. A sitemap will help search robots crawl and index your products faster.

New pages – and new products – are indexed faster with sitemap since search engines check sitemaps every day. New pages appear on the sitemap in about a day.

Ecwid automatically generates sitemaps for Starter Sites for all paid plans. Upgrade to get a sitemap

You can add a sitemap link to Google Search Console so Google reads your sitemap faster. For a link to the sitemap, add /sitemap.xml to your store URL.

For instance, you have a Starter site at https://mystore.com. Add /sitemap.xml right in the browser address bar, so that you get https://mystore.com/sitemap.xml. You will see a file with your sitemap. Copy the link from your browser and paste it to Google Search Console.

Write the titles and meta-descriptions for your products

Go to Ecwid Control Panel → Catalog → Products, open any product and switch to the SEO tab. There you can add Page Title and Meta Description:

Switch to the SEO tab

These fields help search engines understand how to show your products in search results. If you do not provide titles or descriptions, search engines take other information from your site for their ranking system. A good title and description can attract customers with clearly articulated search results.

Improve product and category descriptions

Search engines favor sites with unique content. Use your own product pictures with unique product and category descriptions.

Share your site and products

Links to your site via forums, social media, articles generate trust with search engines. To make your site more popular – and as a result, more credible – add your store to Facebook and Instagram and share your products with the help of Share buttons.

 

Sites do not appear in search results at once, it takes some time. Search engines keep their algorithms secret – very few people know how they work.

The first page can appear in 2-3 weeks while others don’t show up in search results until later. Prepare for the fact that indexing is not instant.

If you take all the steps above but fail to promote your site (social media, etc), other sites may beat yours for the top search results. One main contribution is site activity – yours should be teeming with visitors from many channels.

SEO is just one of the ways to bring visitors to your site. Check out the marketing checklist for more ways to promote your site and store.

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