Ten Easy Joomla Search Engine Optimization Tips

Here's our favourite and easy Joomla Search Engine Optimization Tips

Search Engine Optimization, you must have heard the phrase a hundred million times, probably with some nice fees thrown for good measure, and lots of promises of heaps of traffic. There are some simple things which you can do to give your Joomla site a quick SEO boost. Read on for these tips, as suggested by the best Joomla SEO site ...

10) Speed

Its easy to weigh down your Joomla site with too many extensions that load too many scripts and a template that contains enough files andimages to keep 100,000 different users happy. Keep your sitelight and fast. Find slow spots on your site and eliminate them. Install caching tools, to ensure your site is quick to load.

If you really want to make your website fast - we have a complete tutorial on how to do this. We have one for Joomla - how to get my website to load in 1.29 seconds and we have one for Wordpress - [17 actions] to make your Wordpress fast.

9) Metadata Titles

"The title is vital, the description is useful, the keywords are useless". So the one metadata item you can't control and edit with Joomla is ...the title - although there are hacks to fix that. That's what shows in the browser bar and in search engineresults. sh404SEF, comes to the rescue ... 

8) RSS Feeds

Joomla 1.5 is an improvement over 1.0 in this regard, but you're not able to customize your feeds or track subscribers. There are several good simple components out there to get you sorted. We use Ninja RSS to create a feed which we control. We get to decide which categories show up in the feed and we do believe this one of of the best Joomla RSS components out there.

7) H1 Tags

Nowadays these are more important for accessibility than Joomla SEO but its still worth implementing, since it shows that you take care of your site, and for that slight SEO improvement (Every little helps).  sh404SEF, again to the rescue ... 

6) 404 Error Page

With a custom 404 Error page you can track which broken links peopleare using to access your site and send them on their way with usefulinformation. Erm ... sh404SEF to the rescue ... 

5) Nofollow

Why would you want to rank for "Terms and Conditions", "Privacy Policy" and those other pages you have to include on your site. You don't and you don't want to pass Page Rank to those pages (you want to maintain the Page Rank to your good links). If you link to them using rel="nofollow", search engines won't count your link.

4) Sitemap

Submitting a sitemap to Google and Yahoo won't help your ranking, but it will help your site get indexed more quickly. JSiteMap is the best components out there to generate various types of XML sitemaps. Content, Images, RSS, News - you can generate all kinds of sitemaps. You can also extract content from various Joomla components into your sitemap, so all content from sutff such as Community Builder, Docman, JomSocial, Hikashop, Kunena etc, all gets pulled into the Sitemap. You can also then submit the sitemaps to all the webmaster tools automatically. 

3) Clear Global Configuration Metadata

Isn't metadata meant to describe what's on each page of your site? So,unless each page is the same, why do you have the same metadata on each page?

2) Permalinks

This simply means "One page, One URL". Ensure that each page can be accessed by one url only, or you might get penalised for duplicate content.

1) 3rd Party Extensions

Not all third extensions are well optimized. Some can be devestating so choose carefully. Learn from the problems other people have faced:"when I activated the Events Calendar I did not configure it to "not" display months, weeks or days that did not have an event scheduled. The Googlebot indexed empty calendar event pages out until the year 3,500(so basically I have over 80k duplicate pages)". Make sure you avoid those kind of problems.

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