I'm running an SaaS application
example.com, which in addition to its landing pages has several pages of "first party" content, for example:
Once a customer signs up, the design of the application is that they get to name & use a subpath, where they manage custom content. For example:
For a real world example of this pattern, look at GitHub: You sign up and then get
Challenge: I'm looking for best practices to clearly distinguish first party content (like
/pricing) from third-party content (like
/joes-place), when it comes to search and SEO. Specifically:
- Google has occasionally decided to auto-onebox customers like
/joes-place; I'd like it to not do that.
- I want search engines to keep crawling third-party content, since it's important to the customers that they show up in search.
- For vanity/aesthetic reasons, I cannot move third party content to its own domain (e.g. I want to keep doing what github does).
So far what I've done:
- First party & customer content use different Google Analytics accounts
- First party content is in
sitemap.xml, customer content isn't mentioned at all.
Are there other best practices I should be following here?