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Addressing Reported Crawling Issues

Are there any reported issues with crawling?

Ensuring that your eCommerce site is crawlable by search engines is crucial for SEO. Here are some common issues and how to address them on Shopify and WooCommerce:

Shopify

  • Blocked Resources: Check your robots.txt file to ensure that important resources like CSS and JavaScript are not being blocked. Shopify automatically generates a robots.txt file, but you can customize it by creating a robots.txt.liquid file in your theme.
  • Duplicate Content: Use canonical tags to prevent duplicate content issues. Shopify automatically adds canonical tags to product pages, but you can customize them in the theme’s Liquid files if needed.
  • Pagination Issues: Ensure that paginated collections are properly linked using rel=”next” and rel=”prev” tags. Shopify handles this automatically, but you can verify it in the theme’s Liquid files.

WooCommerce

  • Blocked Resources: Check your robots.txt file to ensure that important resources like CSS and JavaScript are not being blocked. You can edit the robots.txt file directly from your WordPress dashboard or via FTP.
  • Duplicate Content: Use canonical tags to prevent duplicate content issues. Plugins like Yoast SEO can help you manage canonical tags effectively.
  • Pagination Issues: Ensure that paginated collections are properly linked using rel=”next” and rel=”prev” tags. Plugins like Yoast SEO can help manage this automatically.

Regularly monitor your site’s crawlability using tools like Google Search Console and address any issues promptly to maintain optimal SEO performance.

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