SEO Product Descriptions: Creating Unique Product Descriptions

SEO Product Descriptions: Why Do You Need Unique Product Descriptions?

ecommerce product descriptionsSearch engines such as Google view duplicate content as a sign that a site is less reliable. Having non-unique (ie stock) descriptions on product pages can potentially hurt your products’ organic traffic on search engines.

Most retailers who do not have their own products typically use the manufacturer product descriptions (and often product titles and images).

Creating unique product descriptions will positively impact conversion rates by differentiating you from other sellers and by providing a better customer experience.

For example, all of the sellers below sell the same product, and only one has a unique description:

duplicate product descriptions, seo

SEO Product Descriptions: Are There Automated Solutions For Creating Unique Product Descriptions?

It’s a better user experience and just generally more SEO friendly to have unique product descriptions. However, manually making this type of a change can be difficult and time-costly.

While not totally automated, there are services and plugins you can use to facilitate the process of creating unique product descriptions.

  • Jigoshop is a WordPress plug-in that helps expedite creating product pages.  It’s pretty simple to use and was created to rank well on search engines.
  • Servio seems to be a leader in SEO product descriptions, but their performance results aren’t well known.

If you have any prior experience using either Jigoshop or Servio, we’d love to hear about your experience.

SEO Product Descriptions: How Should A Retailer Create Unique Product Descriptions?

  • A great approach is starting with your top 50-100 best sellers and writing brand new SEO optimized descriptions.
  • Another approach is shooting product videos for your best sellers and using the transcripts from those videos on the landing pages. The videos will help with conversion rates and the transcripts help with their SEO.
  • Creating unique product descriptions for any new products is also a best practice, even if you can’t overhaul other product descriptions.

SEO product descriptions will increase organic traffic, differentiate your brand, and create a better user experience with your product listings.

If you’re having problems generating unique product descriptions, here are some helpful resources:

Examples of Compelling Product Descriptions- Practical Ecommerce

Creating Better Ecommerce Product Descriptions- Forbes

About the AuthorJon Gregoire is the Director of Demand Generation at CPC Strategy. Jon heads up the agency's inbound marketing program. A UC San Diego grad, Jon is a Chicago native and full-time San Diego tourist. He enjoys Bear Grylls-like backpacking trips, archery, weekend getaways in Southern California, watching his beloved Chicago Bears, and bidaily coffee consumption. See all posts by this author here.