Is Angular SEO Friendly? How?

More often than not, the question that beats us always once you are done developing your high budget, feature-rich dynamic web portal is whether Google and other search engines will crawl and index the pages of your website freely the way you want. Is web app built of AngularJS SEO Friendly? Until 2014, Google bots had problems crawling properly those pages with Java scripts, but it was announced later that they can crawl and index JS pages effectively. This means developers do not have to build any unique layout for rendering the HTML pages. However, the same cannot be said for other search engines and crawlers. 

The Single Page Applications (SPAs) offer improved user-experience. However, SEOs will have a tough nut to crack in terms of optimising the site for search engines. Besides enhanced loading speed and experience, Angular has lot a catching up to do in terms of SEO performance, which is quite usual for this framework type.  Therefore, it is up to the SEOs to make the site as accessible as possible for the bots in crawling and indexing the site: 

The Snapshot:

One of the most effective techniques of Angular SEO is prerendering – or producing an HTML snapshot that is to be dished out in the source code instead of expecting Google and other search bots to completely render the Angular web pages.  This will fix the issue of Google’s inability to crawl and index page content that is hidden behind a click including the Angular JS content. This is one of the best methods to allow various search engines such as Yandex, Baidu and Bing to see the Angular JS content on your web page. This will also allow you to view the source code and content instead of wanting to utilize Chrome browser’s inspect element functionality.

URL Structure:

Another technique of ensuring Google crawls the pages of Angular JS site is to have a search engine as well as user friendly URL, which is achieved by doing away with hash in the URLs for complete rendering of URLs in Angular JS. To form SEO-centric URL, use $locationProvider and $routeProvider to change the Angular routing to HTML5 mode.

XML Sitemaps:

Once you’re done with the URLs, you must ensure you generate XML sitemaps that have your canonical URLs in them. Next, you need to submit the XML sitemaps in Google Search Console (Webmaster) and Bing Webmaster Tools. This is considered an important SEO process as it will crawl whatever URLs you’ve wanted to and index them. 

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