Are you building a website, doing a redesign, or curious about how to revise your current website for the best website structure for SEO? You are not alone. It’s important for your overall SEO strategy and user experience that your important pages are accessible to your ideal clients.
Know that site structure and what is ideal will look different for every professional depending on your needs. Are you a group, solo, niched, or general? These site layouts will be similar, but not the same.
In this blog post, you will learn which site layout is ideal for your practice and how to effectively implement this on your site to give you the best return.
What is Website Structure?
Website structure or architecture is the way a website is organized. It’s the visual representation of how pages link together and the best practices for navigation on your website. The best practices are to have a top menu that lists services or departments within an organization with drop-down menus linking to key services and/or products.
Important Drop-Downs for Your Website Structure
When an ideal client lands on your website, it should be easy to find the information they are looking for. A best practice is to have key service pages and/or products as drop-down menus from the top menu bar.
For example, a mental health professional who offers counseling services might have a top menu item that says “counseling” with drop-down menus highlighting the best services they offer. These menu items can include individual, family, couples, and group counseling.
What About Your Footer?
Examples of the Best Website Structure for SEO
Best Website Structure for SEO: Solo Clinicians
If you are a solo practitioner, you may want to opt for a minimalist website where all important pages are clearly visible in the navigation bar. This ensures that best practices for SEO and usability are followed.
For example, your top menu should include: Home, About/Team Page (listing who you are and what services you offer), and Services (list best services you offer with a brief overview of what they are about. Make sure to link to their respective page for more details.), Blog, Contact, and Rates/FAQ page (if applicable).
Site Structure Small Group Practice (Niched)
If you are a small group practice with niche services, best practices for website structure include Home, About/Team (list who you are and what services each member offers), Services (list best services you offer with a brief overview of what they are about.
Make sure to link to their respective pages for more details.) Blog, Contact, Rates/FAQ page (if applicable), Specialties (list best specialties within your group practice with a brief overview of what each specialty is about. Make sure to link to their respective pages for more details.), and Resources (this is where you can link any forms, documents, self-help articles, etc. that are relevant to your practice.
Larger Generalist Practice Site Structure
For a larger group practice with generalist services best practices for website structure include: Home, About/Team (list who you are and what services each member offers), Services (list best services you offer with a brief overview of what they are about. Make sure to link to their respective pages for more details.) Blog, Contact, Rates/FAQ page (if applicable), Specialties (list best specialties within your group practice with a brief overview of what each specialty is about.
Online Therapy Practice Site Structure
Online therapy practices will be harder to rank for but in order to rank for this creating an effective home, about, contact, services, and blog page matters. Create blogs related to the benefits of online therapy and make sure you are doing what you can to optimize for local SEO.
Example: Benefits of working with online therapy in San Diego for Busy Moms. In addition, you can also create pages for best practices, teletherapy policies, and tips for online therapy.
Small Niched Group Practice
A small group practice needs to hone in on its strengths and not rank for everything under the sun. Start by creating best practice pages, best services pages, and best specialty pages. This will give you a better chance of ranking for all your niches. Additionally, you may want to add a Resources page with helpful forms, documents, and self-help articles which are related to your practice’s specialties. No matter what type of mental
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About the Author
Jasmine is the SEO Training Coordinator and offers free consultations for Simplified’s SEO Consulting on our services. Jasmine is a Clinical Mental Health Counselor and recently earned her degree from Northwestern University. She works to help people with a strategy with national rankings, eating disorder specialties, trauma, sports psychology, postpartum/pregnancy/parenting, high achievers, and much more. Schedule a consult soon!