What are Member Search Results Pages?


Member Search Results pages are what a visitor to your website sees when they search for members on your site by keyword, category, and/or location.

For example, to see a search results page that contains all of the searchable members on your site, you can go the the /search_results page (EG: http://www.demobootstrap.com/search_results).


"Pretty" URLs and "Not So Pretty" URLs


When a visitor to your site searches for a member by keyword, category, and/or location, the search results page will have a "Not So Pretty" URL.  It will look something like this (this is a search for members in the category "Restaurants" in the location "Las Vegas, Nevada"):



For comparison sake, a search on Google.com for "Restaurants in Las Vegas, Nevada", can look something like this:



As we can see, the URL that the visitor sees in both cases is "Not So Pretty".  

For most of these search results pages, there is also a "Pretty" URL version of the page, that shows the same search results.

For example, the "Pretty" URL version of a search for members in the category "Restaurants" in the location "Las Vegas, Nevada" will look like this: 


(Note: http://www.demobootstrap.com/nevada/las-vegas/restaurants - without united-states in the URL - would also show the same results)

The URL of this page is much prettier!  


Why Have 2 URLs For The Same Page?


The search engine on your site uses all of the information in the "Not So Pretty" URL to drive some of the advanced search functionality such as Service Areas, Search Radius Distance Calculations, and more.


However, a "Not So Pretty" URL like this is not as desirable for sharing on social media, sending in an email, or for SEO purposes.


The system automatically creates a "Pretty" URL version of member search results pages for all of the reasons listed above.


(Note: The "Pretty" URL version of a member search results page will have mostly the same search results, but does not take into account some of the advanced features mentioned above.)



Where Can I Edit the SEO Elements of a Member Search Results Page?


There are 2 different ways to access the SEO elements of a search results page - while you are viewing the page on the front end of your website, and when you are viewing the Admin area of your site.

Important Note: The instructions below describe how to edit the SEO elements and content of all member search results pages.  If you would like to edit the SEO elements and content of only one specific member search results page, please see this article for more information.


Editing SEO Templates From The Front End


First, login to the Admin area of your site and then click on the "Visit Website" link at the top of the screen:



This will allow you to view the front end of your website while having extra Admin abilities.

Next, navigate to the member search results page you wish to edit.  You can navigate to either the "Pretty" or "Not So Pretty" URL version of the page - the SEO elements of both versions of the page are edited from the same place.

Once you are on the member search results page that you would like to edit, click on the "Edit SEO Template" icon in the left Admin navigation bar:



This will take you directly to the correct SEO Template to edit the SEO elements of this page.


Edit SEO Templates From The Admin Area


All of the SEO Templates for member search results pages can also be accessed by navigating to Content >> Custom SEO Settings in the left navigation menu of the Admin area:



If you have the latest version of the SEO Templates installed, the you should have "47 Custom SEO Settings" (SEO Templates) available, starting with ID #100:




If you do not have the latest version of the SEO Templates installed on your site and you would like to replace your current SEO Templates with the latest versions, please feel free to submit a ticket to request that these be installed on your site and our Support Team will be able to assist you with this.


Member Search Results SEO Templates


All of the SEO Templates related to member search results pages have ID numbers in the 200 range - #200 through #232.

In the "Page Details" column, you will see some information about which types of search results each template is for.  

For example, #200 is the "Default" search results page template, meaning it is the template that is used if you navigate to the /search_results page on your site, or if you search for members on your site without specifying a keyword, category, or location.  In other words, this page will display all of the searchable members on your site, as this page does for example: http://www.demobootstrap.com/search_results

Here are some other examples:

#201 - Search Results - Members - Main Category Only



This is the SEO Template used when doing a search by main category only.

"Pretty" URL example of this type of search results page ("Food" is the main category): http://www.demobootstrap.com/food

"Not So Pretty" URL example of this type of search results page: http://www.demobootstrap.com/search_results?sid=17&tid=&location_value=



#204 - Search Results - Members - Country Only




This is the SEO Template used when only a country is searched for. 


"Pretty" URL example of this type of search results page ("United States" is the country): http://www.demobootstrap.com/united-states


"Not So Pretty" URL example of this type of search results page: http://www.demobootstrap.com/search_results?sid=&tid=&location_value=united+states&country_sn=US&location_type=country&swlat=18.9106768&nelat=71.3867745&swlng=172.4458955&nelng=-66.95028609999997&lat=37.09024&lng=-95.71289100000001&faddress=United+States&place_id=ChIJCzYy5IS16lQRQrfeQ5K5Oxw




#219 - Search Results - Members - Country / State / City / Main / Sub Category




This is the SEO Template used when a country, state (province), city, main category, and sub category are all specified in a search.



To edit one of the templates, simply find the one in the list that applies for the type of search results page you are looking for and click on "Edit":



Editing a template will impact both the "Pretty" and "Not So Pretty" URL versions of that type of search results page.


Editing SEO Elements


All of the SEO elements of the page can be edited here, including the the H1, H2, Meta Title, Meta Description, Meta Keywords, Social Media Title, Social Media Description, Social Media Image, and additional content to add to the body of the page.  Here is an example of what the Search Results - Members - Country Only SEO Template looks like, with the different areas that can be edited highlighted:



If you scroll down the page a bit more, you will also see the Social Media Sharing Details:


About Each Element


Please find a description of each element and what part of the live page editing it will impact:

H1


The H1 element is the main Heading element of a page.  This is where it appears on a member search results page:



H2


The H2 element is a secondary Heading element of a page.  This is where it appears on a member search results page:




Extra Body Content


This is used for adding additional content to the body of the page.  Here is an example of adding some additional content to the body of Country search results pages:




All content added here for member search results pages will appear in a tab that says "Read More" on the live site:




When you click on the tab, you will see the content appear here:




If this content is added to the SEO Template for member search results pages for countries, then it will appear on all country search results pages.  For example, here is the same content appearing when we click on the Read More tab after doing a location search for Canada:




Variables can also be used in the extra body content area to make relevant content appear depending on the search results page that is being accessed.


For example, I will use the %Country_name% variable to insert the name of the country that is being searched into the content of the country search results pages:




Here is how the extra content displays on the Canada search results page:



And the Australia search results page:



Meta Title, Meta Description, and Meta Keywords


These elements appear in the source code of the page, and is used by search engines and your web browser to provide general information about the page.

Here is where these elements will update in the source code of a member search results page:



Social Media Title, Social Media Description, and Social Media Image


These elements also appear in the source code of the page, and are used to give social media websites like Facebook information about how the page should be shared on these websites.

For example, if I share the Canada members search results page on Facebook, this is where the different elements appear:


In general, we recommend not editing the Social Media Image in individual SEO Templates, as the system already takes a number of factors into account to automatically share an optimized image for every given page on your site.