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Not Used To Using Flow Charts. Questioning My Own Silo Pre-Planning

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by DJMS1, Aug 18, 2016.

  1. DJMS1

    DJMS1 Registered Member

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    Bear with me, please. This turned out longer than I thought.

    Okay, so I'm not a newbie to website building, I've built dozens of websites for non-IM clients and a few affiliate sites for myself. I usually have a general flow of things and can build a site within a few hours if I'm in the mood. I've ranked a few medium comp sites using only on-page SEO, solid content, and decent interlinking. I don't really do a focused "silo" I just kind of make sure certain things link to each other.

    So what am I doing here asking something so simple?

    I just picked up a domain on a whim after talking to a non-marketer friend, shooting the shit over beers, we were talking about a subject and he said, "you should do a site about that." I picked up the domain after said beers and realized I should've thought it through a little more.

    I'm knowledgeable about the subject, and it's somewhat sub-niche, but it has many subcategories, so I tried to build a flow chart and make a mock silo and I'm stuck on how to attack the user flow.


    Generally I'll do something like this.

    BestKitchenSupplies(.)com
    (Pages)
    - All about knives
    -- 10 best chef knives
    -- 10 best carving knives

    - All about pans
    -- 10 best frying pans
    -- 10 best sautee pans

    (Blog)
    - category-knives
    -- random posts about knives

    - category-pans
    -- random posts about pans.

    (Posts linking back to relevant pages)


    But my new site gets a bit trickier, here's the flow chart.

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    It's somewhat of a collectible site. So you've got:
    Landing page: LeagueHats(.)com

    Subpages:
    -The league's official hat.
    -Tribute hat A.
    -Tribute hat B.

    Where it gets tricky is the blog and subcategories. Ideally, I would want a category about hats, then maybe a category about shirts, another about socks, whatever.

    But you've got a large number of teams. You can't have that many teams as subs for each category. I could use tags, but I was thinking about possible using that for players.

    If I use the teams as the main categories, I can't have subcategories like "Team A socks" and "Team B" when I should just have "League socks."

    If I have them all as their own categories, I'm going to have even more archive pages repeating themselves. (I know I can disable in Yoast, but I'm trying to think of other ways here.)




    Sorry, this post was long-winded AF, I'm under-rested and I'm sure it's just going to take another brain to remind me of something simple, but I figured it would be at least worth the discussion for others reading.


    Hopefully one of you will look at this chart and point out the obvious.
     
  2. davids355

    davids355 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    Right now this is giving me information overload :) but it looks interesting.

    Waiting for some other comments otherwise I'll chip in in the morning.
     
  3. DJMS1

    DJMS1 Registered Member

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    LOL, sorry, my brain starts spinning with scenarios when I haven't slept much.