I'm building a tire ecommerce website, and i'm doing some SEO strategy before i move on. My plan is to let the user use a filter-based navigation where you can filter tires by type, size, speedlimit etc.
But i want Google to index my products, so i've chosen to create a link navigation, which is replaced by the filter-form using AJAX. This way Google can index my products by links and the user can navigate the products using filters. So far, so good...
My first question is: if i submit all my products using an XML sitemap, are the links (which are gonna be replaced with the form) neccessary? Or are they just excess?
My next question is regarding the structure of the "Google navigation" (the navigation Google bot will use, but not the user).
Select type (summer, winter etc.) -> Select brand -> Select model -> Product page Select brand -> Select type -> Select model -> Product page Select brand -> Select model -> Product page Select type -> Select tire (all brands+model listed of type) -> Product page Select tire (all types listed) -> Product page
I'm torn on which structure to use, or if it even matters at all. I see some pros and cons on each of them:
- To far down hierarchy, possible duplicate content (each tiretype page (summertires, wintertires etc.) would have almost the same brands as the other tiretype pages).
- Same as above.
- One less level to travel. Potentially many products at the 2nd level (i've read somewhere that one page should have around 100 links max.)
- Same as 3, would have even more products at 2nd level.
- All products listed in one page by Brand+Model. ALOT of products listed. Still not sure if this is bad though? Then the final product page would be only 2 clicks away from frontpage.
Should i index all the products i can, or should i have a selection of products, to precise the focus? Any good inputs on what to do here? Am i just overdoing things?