Creating a collection launches a separate page linking to those products.
But Shopify’s primary navigation does not automatically link to collection pages. Unless you add links to them, collections are inaccessible to search engines and won’t contribute to a site’s interlinking.
For SEO, consider adding static related product links on each page.
Shopify offers default breadcrumb navigation. Category Breadcrumbs, a third-party app, extends the default functionality to include all collections, making internal linking more effective.
- Type. “Dresses” and “Jackets” as examples.
- Demographic. Gender, age group.
- Purpose. “Party Dresses,” “Cocktail Dresses.”
- Seasonality. “Summer Dresses,” “Spring Break Shirts.”
- Color. “Black Dresses,” “Red Shirts.”
- Sizes. “Petite Dresses,” “Large Sweaters.”
Internal linking is one of the best ways to improve organic search rankings by passing link equity across the site and helping search engines (and humans) access deeper pages.
Link Whisper generates a report of each page’s incoming and outgoing internal links. The app can ignore certain words to help refine its recommendations. It costs per month with a free 7-day trial.
Always add links to product pages from internal blog posts. However, manual internal links are less effective on sites with tens of thousands of pages.
Breadcrumbs create reverse interlinking — from, say, sub-pages to a pillar page.
Also, use keyword gap analysis to find segments that competitors rank for but your site does not.
Collections are built-in functionality on Shopify to organize products into categories. Collections can help surface product pages otherwise buried in the pagination.
Related product links appear on individual product pages, pointing visitors to similar or complementary items. Site owners can personalize these recommendations to each visitor, but those personalized links are not crawlable and thus not search-engine friendly.
The app provides breadcrumb schema (supported by Google), making the architecture of a Shopify site easier for search engines to understand. It costs per month with a 10-day free trial.
Link Whisper, another Shopify app, makes contextual linking easier. It crawls a site’s pages — collections, products, blog posts — and recommends internal links, implemented with a single click.
3. Related Products
Consider creating many collections for your products, such as:
Shopify supports “automated” collections, which groups products by tags or all or part of set criteria. But you cannot manually curate automated collections. For example, you cannot manually remove products from a collection unless you change the criteria. You can, however, hand-pick products to include in collections with no criteria.
Breadcrumbs have long improved organic rankings. This example page from Category Breadcrumbs extends Shopify’s default functionality for an Amazon Fire tablet.
4. Contextual Links
Last week I shared internal linking plugins for WordPress. Here’s how to improve interlinking on Shopify.
Related product links appear on individual product pages, pointing to similar or complementary items. Relatify generates static related-product links, which are best for SEO.
Breadcrumbs have long improved organic rankings, especially on ecommerce sites with hundreds of products and dozens of category pages.
Link Whisper generates a report of each page’s incoming and outgoing internal links.