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Pagination | MadHawks Glossary

Pagination is a sequence of pages which are connected and have similar content.

The practice of pagination is the division of large amounts of content into smaller chunks, which are easier to navigate by users. This is done by dividing long blog posts or articles into multiple pages. Each page displays a small portion of the content.

It can improve user experience and also impact SEO. When using pagination, you should keep these key points in mind:

  1. Search engines can better understand your page structure by using rel="next" or rel="prev". Use these tags correctly. Place rel="next", on page 1, and rel="prev", on the last page.

  2. It's important not to create duplicate content when using pagination. It can occur when you have several pages that contain the same or similar content. This can confuse search engine and harm your ranking. Make sure each page is unique and has a unique URL.

  3. Optimize page titles and meta-descriptions: Each page of a paginated collection should have a unique title and description. Search engines will be able to understand the content of each page and users will see relevant information when they search.

  4. Links to previous and following pages: Each of the pages in a paginated sequence should contain links to previous and subsequent pages. This will help users navigate between pages, and search engines to understand your content's structure.

  5. Consider offering the "view all option": If you have a short content, it may be worth considering. This will allow users to view all of your content in one page. This is a great compromise that allows you to provide a good user-experience while avoiding any SEO issues associated with paginated content.

It's clear that pagination is a great tool to improve user experience, but you must use it correctly to avoid negative SEO effects. Following the above guidelines will ensure that your paginated material is designed in a user-friendly manner and is search engine friendly.

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