Site architecture is a way to organize web pages for users to find information in a much easier way. Flat site structure is simply when every page on the web site is just a click or two from the home page. Taxonomical site structure is when the site is divided into topic categories and then those are divided into even more specific categories. John Mueller goes on to say that having every page of your site be a click or two from your home page is good, but dividing the site into topics is a much better way to structure it for Google and for your visitors.
- Official Google employees have great advice when it comes to getting search engines to index your web page. You don’t want a flat site layout where every page is one or two clicks away.
- Using a taxonomic site structure allows your web site to be divided by categories and keep being divided so that search engines can crawl the more important pages.
- Important pages should be close to the home page. The home page is crawled fairly often by Google and Google sees further away pages as being less critical.
“A taxonomical site structure divides the site according to topic categories and then keeps sub-dividing these topic categories into ever more specific categories.”