In the past, I was told on SitePoint that it is a good thing if you cross-reference content within your website.
Based on this, I created an architecture with just a few Sections, but with hundreds of Subsections to allow me to promote Articles to different target audiences.
For example, let’s say I wrote an article entitled: “fastest-growing-small-business-sectors-for-2013”
The primary “home” for this article might be “/finance/economy/”, however, I might want to include it in other areas as well…
www.debbie.com/finance/economy/ www.debbie.com/featured/ www.debbie.com/small-business/ www.debbie.com/other/women/
To me, placing that (database-driven) article in each of those Sections/Subsections of my website makes sense, because that one article deals with 1.) “Finance” and the “Economy”, 2.) “Small-Business”, 3.) “Women (Entrepreneurs)”, and it is also a 4.) Featured Article.
So I went along my merry way designing my entire website around this paradigm based on what I thought was sound advice from SitePoint, and based on common-sense.
Well, now I have some people telling in another thread that this design is bad and that Google will penalize me for it, and that it will hurt my SEO?!
Needless to say I am not a happy camper… :mad:
I thought the power of dynamic websites and the Internet was to be able to easily “slice and dice” information, and to easily get it into the hands of users who might be interested in it?!
To me, my design is very powerful, because it allows me to target Finance people, Small-Businesses, Women, and anyone looking for Feature-Articles. And it is hardly like I am creating junk content, or “keyword loading” my website, or whatever.
So what is up with these people slamming my websites design??
And more importantly, did I make some grave mistake and do I have to completely start over??
I am very upset right now, and feel like crying…