This blog post was updated on 24 June 2021.
If you are targeting the Chinese market, then you need to focus your search marketing efforts on the country’s most popular search engine: Baidu.
However, it is important to note that technical SEO on Baidu is different from technical SEO on Google, which can be intimidating and confusing if you have never worked in Baidu Webmaster Tools before.
Here are three things about technical SEO on Baidu you need to be aware of if you want to succeed on the search engine.
1. Website verification
Baidu Webmaster Tools supports integrated accounts between Webmaster Tools and Analytics, so if you have an account on Analytics, your website can be integrated without having to submit your website for verification through Webmaster Tools. If your website does not have a Baidu Analytics account, then you can verify it in three different ways: file verification, HTML tag verification, or CNAME record.
With Baidu Webmaster Tools, you can see crawl errors, test for potential crawl issues with Baiduspider, and even adjust crawl frequency according to your website’s update history and server capabilities. You can also test how Baidu crawls and renders a URL on your website, and diagnose any potential SEO issues with the crawl diagnosis tool in Baidu Webmaster Tools (similar to “fetch as Google” in Google Search Console). This tool can be used 70 times a week per website.
3. Content indexing
I hope this has given you a useful introduction to technical SEO on Baidu. For more in-depth information, read the full-length guide here. The guide covers:
- website submission and verification on Baidu
- indexation on Baidu
- crawling on Baidu
- robots.txt on Baidu
- sitemaps on Baidu
- response status codes on Baidu
- hreflang annotations on Baidu
- canonical tags on Baidu
- URL structure on Baidu
- implementing HTTPS on Baidu
- structured data on Baidu
- optimising website speed in China
- mobile pages on Baidu
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