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The Concept

Have you ever taken a close look at spiderweb or a cobweb? How closely knit the individual structure hold together made out of proteinaceous spider silk. You might have noticed a center point as well. To some extent for concept reference, that center point is the ‘Deep Linking’ point.

By definition, deep linking is the use of a hyperlink that links to a specific, generally searchable or indexed, a piece of web content on a website. In simpler words, a hyperlink that is bound and can get connected anywhere in a website’s structure except its homepage. For e.g, a deep link about an article mentioned in a piece of content would directly lead to that specific content page rather than leading to the website page and leaving up to you to search the entire website structure.

Comparison

One might be poised for a while to think, what is the difference between ‘deep linking’ and other types of link. Although, there are several kinds of links and linking strategies, however, the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) does not spot any distinctive difference between them. Deep links are similar in functions and operations as equal to their counterparts, i.e, all other kinds of links. Hence, this camouflage allows it to have more freedom on the web and in a website’s structure.

Starting from content developers to website authors, deep linking seems to be a viable option as they can seamlessly link to pages within their own site or content on another site because of an absolute indifference between deep links and other types of links.

Potential Problem

Until deep linking became more affluent, apparently it got considered together with hotlinking which was an ongoing troublesome issue for some agencies. Hot links usually lead you to ready-to-download files. Some of these hot links aren’t trustworthy if it is leading you to an outside hotlink, as it can cause problems with copyright laws.

Now that the deep linking is no more get associated with hot links, though, it can cause some problems such as bypassing a critical deep page of a website which can create an issue for the targeted website. Not that, it presents a huge threat but on the other hand, can easily be solved by keeping relevant content on every page of the website.

Deep Linking For SEO

The primary way that the deep linking is beneficial for websites is by boosting SEO. Conclusively, benefits of deep linking are far outnumbered as compared to its drawbacks. Let’s have a quick glance over the benefits:

A deep link leading to an old blog post shows Google that the content is still actively relevant.

The deep link bypassing through all the pages of a website simultaneously increases the ranking of all those pages and not just of the homepage.

A Homepage link can draw to spammy links but deep links seem more natural and pose less of a threat which in turn decreases your chances of being flagged as spam by Google.

You can bring in multiple keywords and not just of the homepage.

Deep Linking For Marketing

If understood and implemented with proper strategies, deep linking could be a boon for marketing. Businesses who have been regularly dealing with multiple products and/or services can directly benefit by allowing a single link to take your visitor to the intended page without having to unnecessary go through all the pages of the website. For e.g, using a deep link, you can send a visitor directly to your contact or product page.

Deep linking allows sites to make various landing pages for different visitors. This enables businesses and companies to marketize their products and services by encouraging referrals and affiliates to make a commission for bringing the traffic to a particular website or page.

Using Deep Links In Mobile Apps

Proving its viability in the website content has paved the way for deep links to become popular in the mobile apps too. As on a website, a visitor is taken to a specific webpage, same in the app, a deep link will take a user to a specific area of the app instead of directing them back to the main page.

The biggest benefit of using a deep link in these mobile apps is that even if it is not already installed on the device, certain areas of the app can be accessed. Deep linking works differently on a mobile app than on the web. For the mobile app, it has to utilize a ‘Uniform Resource Identifier’ (URI), instead of HTTP or URL in the case of the website. This gives the address of application that is unique to mobile phones instead of accessing an internet browser first.

Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest have started utilizing this technology for its app division. Websites with their mobile apps which utilizes URI allow a user to provide instant access to their account without the need of searching the web and then to log in.

URI formats could differ based on the mobile operating system that is in use, however, the concept with the practical application of deep linking pertaining to the areas of an app is going to be uniform across all.

AMP for Search Engine Optimization

In the Wide world of Web browsing, one of the important pressure points is page loading time. This factor is very critical both from a user perspective as well as from a business point of view as it can make the difference between a deal made or a sale lost. This takes on more significance in the case of smartphones, as they are now the most common device used for browsing and shopping all over the world.

Page loading time and MCommerce

According to Mashables, Mobile shopping accounted for around $1 Trillion of more than $2.5 Trillion Online business transactions last year. Now, this is a very huge number, and a lot of it has got to do with the speed of page loading and browsing. It is estimated that one in four people abandon their browsing or shopping if a web page takes anything more than 4 seconds to load. This might not seem much, but with the delay of every other second, Amazon loses more than $1.6 Billion in sales each year. This is where Google’s AMP changes the game.

What exactly is Google AMP?

AMP aka Accelerated Mobile Pages is a smart Open Source solution by Google to make web pages load at lightning speeds. AMPS are an essentially stripped-down version of HTML that is lighter and loads faster. Web pages built using the AMP framework can load 15-85 % rapidly than the ones built on a non-AMP framework, all the while utilising lesser than ten times data. The AMP framework achieves all this thanks to its constituents of AMP HTML, AMP JavaScript, which basically are lighter versions of HTML and JavaScript and AMP CDN (Content Delivery Network) which will store a cached copy of the AMP enabled Web pages in the Google server to ensure a quick retrieval and thereby loading.

How Google AMP can impact your SEO?

Google aims to improve the Search Engine Optimisation and SERP in 2 ways – 1) It will rank those pages that load faster and are more responsive higher on the results page. 2) All those web pages that are AMP enabled will appear above the paid ads section in a carousel format with the symbol of a green lightning bolt.
Benefits of Google’s AMP

Here’s how building your web pages on Google’s AMP framework can be beneficial to your business listing on the web.

  • Enhanced User Experience

AMP enabled web pages load faster and deliver a better user experience to the users. This, in turn, means improved sales and revenue for the business.

  • Web Advertising

As AMP can boost the Search Engine Optimisation of pages built with it, it presents a terrific way to advertise on the ones that are on the top of the search results.

  • Simple Landing Pages

As the AMP uses a strip down versions of HTML and Javascript, it is not possible to build pages with forms or analytics. This could actually give rise to creative, efficient, and simple designs of landing pages. An alternative could be to direct the user from a non-AMP page to an AMP enabled page so that you can capture the required info and still load faster.

  • Mobile Blog Optimization

Right now, with AMP you can build pages with only static content. This is a blessing in disguise as you can now plan your Mobile Blog Optimization in such a way that it links to the Call to Action buttons to the landing pages of your business website. This Mobile Blog Optimization, when combined with the added boost of Search Engine Optimisation, is sure to launch your content right to the top of the Search Engine Result pages.

Get started with AMP

As a business website owner, it is prudent to gear up and get ready to exploit the loads of benefits that AMP offers. Your Search Engine Optimisation efforts are enhanced, and in combination with MBO, it is bound to elevate your site to the very top of SERPs. Moreover, the enormous benefit of faster loading of your web pages will make your users more glued on to your site and will also gently coerce them to make a purchase and become a loyal customer.

Wondering how to achieve this? Get in touch with us at Moon Technolabs Pvt. Ltd., a leading IT Solutions and Services provider in India. With more than 600 projects delivered to more than 400 clients across the world, Moon Technolabs is well poised to be a one-stop solution provider for all your tech needs.

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