Saturday, March 26, 2011

Link Friendly Directory

Opening the Arizona sites is taking longer than I anticipated.

A primary reason for moving my web sites last month is that the new service will allow me greater freedom with subdomains and mod_rewrites. Using mod-rewrites allows me to create a link friendly directory structure.

In the original design, the link to the Salt Lake Art category had a category_id in it. AKA

The new structure uses a mod rewrite. The shopping directory on Arizona Color will have the URL:

For the Phoenix directory, I am using both both a subdomain and mod rewrite. The link for shopping in Phoenix is Search engines prefer strings to numbers. So, although the URL is super long, it re-inforces the key words "Phoenix", "Arizona" and "shopping."

Changing the link structure should make the directory more valuable to people who list in the directory.

The problem is that I don't want to change the existing directories to the new structure until it has proved through; So, I have to go about the conversion to the new structure in a systematic fashion.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Arizona Directories

I am expanding the Community Color family of directories to Arizona. Arizona has only 15 counties. So, I decided to break the directories out by county. I was organining the Utah and Colorado directories by city name. Colorado has 64 counties and Utah 29.

Since Phoenix is the capital of Arizona, I called the directory Phoenix Color. The other directories are by county name.

I like the county structure as it allows me to include all links from the state.

In this project, I am using long names for the directories. For example, the directory for Apache County is This should maximize the SEO benefits of the project.

If you are from Arizona, please feel free to add links. I ask for profit efforts with a marketing budget to pay a $10 listing fee. You can register using the secure form on You can also the secure login form to login into any of the directories.