I'm creating a very large e-commerce site that's expected to
eventually have tens of thousands, perhaps more, entries. It is for
an industry that is heavily categorized, but every supplier has
totally different categories, so they effectively become meaningless.
So we're going to put it all together without categories, or at least
without a category tree model. It's search engine only, baby. All
those former categories are now keywords, effectively allowing one
item to be in dozens of categories.
I'm worried about how sites like Google will index ours. Even if
Google is a tree-free structure, they seem to depend on trees to find
their way around a site. Without any hard links, are the spiders going
to say "oops, there's only one page to this site" and move on? I'm
assuming they're not smart enough to do searches within the site's
engine. Do we create a few hundred likely searches and submit that to
Google as a map? Do we develop some kind of bridge like eBay does so a
Google search turns up keyword items? The client ain't rich and I
ain't an SEO expert... yet... So any help is appreciated.