Wednesday, January 20, 2010

10 Basic SEO Tips for Joomla Websites

1. Initially you need to do is to clear all the samples from the Joomla website template to make it easier for the search engine to determine the role of your website. If you forget to remove these samples, any search will show your page in irrelevant results because the search engine crawled the sample articles that are installed automatically.

2. A CMS like Joomla will helps you to add content quickly. So create unique content pages. Quality content is the most important factor to getting bound links. The only way to perform well in SEO now is to have a rich content site.

3. Set “Yes” for the options under SEO section in global configuration settings (Site->Global Configuration->SEO) for search engine friendly URLs and Dynamic Page Titles. Joomla displays both site name and content item title in the title tag, if you set "Dynamic page titles" in General Configuration backend. You can write a quick description and the comma-separated keywords when editing a Joomla content item.

4. Rename your htaccess.txt to .htaccess (located in your Joomla installation root directory).

5. Install Joomla sh404SEF plug-in to make your website more search engine friendly. You could insert h1 tags, SE friendly URLs, Unique Title Tags, avoid duplicate content issues and more tips and options on how to make your site more SE friendly.

6. Use rel="canonical" for Joomla URLs, so that, you will indicate to search engines the preferred URL and your Page Rank won't be divided anymore to all pages.

7. You have to turn off your PDF links coz the PDF cannot drive traffic to your home page, they are simply dead ends and will drive the traffic away from your website especially if they are ranked higher than the home page in the search engine result pages (SERP).

8. Both Search Engines and Users will give importance to page size. Smaller, faster sites are more popular with visitors and with Search Engines. One simple method to make your site act small and load faster is to turn on your cache in Global Configuration.

9. Clear your global configuration metadata. Coz its sure Joomla doesn't describe your site. Take it out.

10. Enter a full description for all your sections and categories. These pages are great for organizing your site and for improving Page Rank. If you manage your sections and categories carefully, your site becomes very easy for both visitors and search engine spiders to navigate.

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