If you have been in the search industry for a long time, you will likely remember the days when having keywords in the URL was extremely important, and seeing page URLs like www.example.com/buy-keyword-keyword-keyword-online-now.html was pretty common. Obviously, much as changed with SEO since that was important 10-15 years ago.
In yesterday’s hangout, someone asked how important keywords are in URLs nowadays. Not surpisingly, John Mueller, a Webmaster Trends Analyst at Google said that while it is a ranking factor, it is a pretty small one these days.
I believe that’s a really small ranking factor, so it’s not something I’d really try to force. And it’s not something where I’d say it’s even worth your effort to kind of restructure a site just so you can include keywords in the URL.
So if you are making new URLs, you would definitely want to include your most important keyword or two into the URL, but he doesn’t see much benefit in creating an entirely new URL structure just to take advantage of more keywords in the URLs. That said, I am sure that won’t stop people from doing just that!
Here is the video from yesterday’s hangout where Mueller commented on the keywords in URLs issue.
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