Creating a Search Engine Friendly Glossary or Definitions List

May 24, 2007 • 7:08 am | comments (1) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under SEO - Search Engine Optimization

There is a great thread at Cre8asite Forums discussing how one should implement a glossary or definitions page. I have written about Google Definitions a bunch of times already:

- Google Definitions Help with Rankings - Google Definitions Traffic Slump - Google Definitions Now Provided by - Definitions & Glossary Pages Are Good

But how should you construct your glossary or definitions page from a SEO and usability standpoint?

Ammon Johns recommends breaking down your page into sections of 15 or so words on a page, and ordering them by alphabet. For example, break them out like A-G , H-R , S-Z. Not only that, but hyperlink them from your pages to the definition.

Let me show you how I have been doing it on my corporate site for years now.

On my company page and throughout my site, I have dotted underline words that symbolize there is a definition for that word. When you place your mouse over that link, it changes the curser to a question-mark. Then it uses the title attribute to overlay a snippet of that definition for that word. Here is a screen capture:


In this case the word is "World Wide Web" and if you click on it, it will link you to the definition page and anchor you down to that word.

My definitions page is one long list, but there is no doubt that I should probably break it up one day and add more to it.

Forum discussion at Cre8asite Forums.

This article was written on Tuesday, May 22nd and scheduled to go live for Thursday, May 24th.

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05/24/2007 04:22 pm

Our glossary page is dynamic and seo friendly with an introductory paragraph followed by a random glossary term and definition, the later is followed by an alphabetical index on the main glossary main. The individual index pages also show a random term + definition, the alpha index and the list of terms + definition for that index. This model has worked very well for us and for several of our clients. Do not forget to use the keywords "define" and "definition" for on page optimization of you glossary pages, remember that "define" is a google command we have seen many searchers used to arrive to our glossary pages.

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