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My site is currently set up with the standard WP category structure:
I have seen where this can be cleaned up, with a plugin or by WP settings, so that it would be: http://example.com/a-named-product-1/
While it certainly looks cleaner to the eye, does it help or hurt SEO to do this? I also assume that i would have to redirect all of the old paths to the new ones?
Anyone have any experience or thoughts on this type of change?
By default, category pages should be hidden from search engines because they contain summary of content from other posts / pages. Hence can be considered duplicate content.
Unless you want to make category pages open for search indexing, then you can go step further of changing url structure. On the face of it, you are just thinking too much about it. Keep tags and category pages away from search bots to stay in good shape as far SEO goes.
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