Theo van der Zee (@theovdzee)  CEO & Co-founder, FinishJoomla (@finishjoomla)  Joomla!Day Greece, May 2011 Joomla 1.6 Core...
Theo van der Zee Follow me on Twitter: @theovdzee and @finishjoomla
 
Source: http://gs.statcounter.com/
Global Configuration Joomla 1.6 SEO Article Manager Menu Manager
Global Configuration With default ACL settings only Super Users can access Global Configuration.
Site Name Global Configuration > Site Settings Use a descriptive Site Name rather than one focussed on keywords.
Site Name Global Configuration > Site Settings When your site is offline, the Site Name will be the first thing visitors w...
Global Configuration
Search Engine Friendly URLs Global Configuration > SEO Settings SEF URLs give a much clearer signal about the page subject...
Search Engine Friendly URLs Global Configuration > SEO Settings http://www.example.org/index.php?option=com_content&Itemid...
Search Engine Friendly URLs Global Configuration > Site Settings “ Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit...
Use URL rewriting Global Configuration > SEO Settings
Use URL rewriting Global Configuration > SEO Settings Use 'Save as' in Notepad as Windows won't allow a file name to start...
Use URL rewriting Global Configuration > SEO Settings http://www.example.org/index.php/pagename vs. http://www.example.org...
Add Suffix to URL Global Configuration > SEO Settings
Add Suffix to URL Global Configuration > SEO Settings http://www.example.org/pagename.html vs. http://www.example.org/page...
Add Suffix to URL Global Configuration > SEO Settings “ We’re happy to crawl all of these file extensions. It doesn’t matt...
Add Suffix to URL Global Configuration > SEO Settings “ [...] You may not be using HTML for that page in 20 years time, bu...
Unicode Aliases Global Configuration > SEO Settings
Unicode Aliases Global Configuration > SEO Settings http://www.example.org/Πώς-θα-έρθετε vs. http://www.example.org/gettin...
Unicode Aliases Global Configuration > SEO Settings Copy-pasting unicode aliases can be troublesome.
Include Site Name In Page Titles Global Configuration > SEO Settings
Include Site Name In Page Titles Global Configuration > SEO Settings Source: http://www.seomoz.org/article/search-ranking-...
Include Site Name In Page Titles Global Configuration > SEO Settings Unless seeing your brand name will increase CTR, plac...
Global Configuration
Site Meta Description Global Configuration > Metadata Settings
Site Meta Description Global Configuration > Metadata Settings Try keeping the length of your meta description between 150...
Site Meta Description Global Configuration > Metadata Settings Meta description Words in the title tag and meta descriptio...
Site Meta Description Global Configuration > Metadata Settings “ Even though we sometimes use the description meta tag for...
Site Meta Keywords Global Configuration > Metadata Settings
Site Meta Keywords Global Configuration > Metadata Settings --  Head of Google’s Webspam team Matt Cutts Source: http://ww...
Content Rights Global Configuration > Metadata Settings
Content Rights Global Configuration > Metadata Settings Put your content rights visually on your website, so human visitor...
Content Rights Global Configuration > Metadata Settings “ Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Cras or...
Show Title Meta Tag Global Configuration > Metadata Settings
Show Title Meta Tag Global Configuration > Metadata Settings Don't use the title meta tag, use the actual title tag instead.
Show Author Meta Tag Global Configuration > Metadata Settings
Show Author Meta Tag Global Configuration > Metadata Settings Put the name of the author visually on your website, so huma...
 
Menu Manager
Menu Manager > Menu Items > Details The Menu Manager allows you to set a unique title per menu item. Menu Title
Menu Manager > Menu Items > Details Source: http://www.seomoz.org/learn-seo/title-tag Menu Title
Menu Manager > Menu Items > Details Menu Title Try to keep your page titles below 70 characters to prevent them from being...
Menu Manager > Menu Items > Details To regenerate the Alias after it was generated, simply clear the field and save. Alias
Menu Manager
Menu Manager > Menu Items > Page Display Options Browser Page Title Browser Page Title overrides the Menu Title as title i...
Menu Manager > Menu Items > Page Display Options Page Heading Page Heading is displayed as an H1 heading when it is set.
Menu Manager > Menu Items > Page Display Options Page Heading Source: http://www.seomoz.org/article/search-ranking-factors...
 
Article Manager
Article Manager > Articles Items > Edit Article Use the article Title to make unique titles for each of your articles indi...
Article Manager
Article Manager > Articles Items > Metadata Options Make sure every article has an unique Meta Description. Meta Description
Questions?
@theovdzee Theo van der Zee [email_address] @finishjoomla
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Joomla 1.6 Core SEO and Best Practices

  1. 1. Theo van der Zee (@theovdzee) CEO & Co-founder, FinishJoomla (@finishjoomla) Joomla!Day Greece, May 2011 Joomla 1.6 Core SEO and Best Practices
  2. 2. Theo van der Zee Follow me on Twitter: @theovdzee and @finishjoomla
  3. 4. Source: http://gs.statcounter.com/
  4. 5. Global Configuration Joomla 1.6 SEO Article Manager Menu Manager
  5. 6. Global Configuration With default ACL settings only Super Users can access Global Configuration.
  6. 7. Site Name Global Configuration > Site Settings Use a descriptive Site Name rather than one focussed on keywords.
  7. 8. Site Name Global Configuration > Site Settings When your site is offline, the Site Name will be the first thing visitors will see.
  8. 9. Global Configuration
  9. 10. Search Engine Friendly URLs Global Configuration > SEO Settings SEF URLs give a much clearer signal about the page subject than non-SEF URLs.
  10. 11. Search Engine Friendly URLs Global Configuration > SEO Settings http://www.example.org/index.php?option=com_content&Itemid=101 vs. http://www.example.org/index.php/pagename
  11. 12. Search Engine Friendly URLs Global Configuration > Site Settings “ Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Cras ornare, neque in egestas aliquam, dolor tortor vehicula enim, nec vulputate metus risus sit amet urna. Morbi turpis neque http://www.example.org/index.php/pagename vel donec sapien leo. Porttitor hendrerit consectetur quis, bibendum nec ipsum. Aliquam nec est quis neque varius ultricies.” SEF URLs create better links when the full URL is used as anchor text.
  12. 13. Use URL rewriting Global Configuration > SEO Settings
  13. 14. Use URL rewriting Global Configuration > SEO Settings Use 'Save as' in Notepad as Windows won't allow a file name to start with a dot.
  14. 15. Use URL rewriting Global Configuration > SEO Settings http://www.example.org/index.php/pagename vs. http://www.example.org/pagename
  15. 16. Add Suffix to URL Global Configuration > SEO Settings
  16. 17. Add Suffix to URL Global Configuration > SEO Settings http://www.example.org/pagename.html vs. http://www.example.org/pagename
  17. 18. Add Suffix to URL Global Configuration > SEO Settings “ We’re happy to crawl all of these file extensions. It doesn’t matter what you choose between any of those.” -- Head of Google’s Webspam team Matt Cutts Source: http://www.mattcutts.com/blog/dont-end-your-urls-with-exe/
  18. 19. Add Suffix to URL Global Configuration > SEO Settings “ [...] You may not be using HTML for that page in 20 years time, but you might want today's links to it to still be valid. The canonical way of making links to the W3C site doesn't use the extension.” Source: http://www.w3.org/Provider/Style/URI.html
  19. 20. Unicode Aliases Global Configuration > SEO Settings
  20. 21. Unicode Aliases Global Configuration > SEO Settings http://www.example.org/Πώς-θα-έρθετε vs. http://www.example.org/getting-here
  21. 22. Unicode Aliases Global Configuration > SEO Settings Copy-pasting unicode aliases can be troublesome.
  22. 23. Include Site Name In Page Titles Global Configuration > SEO Settings
  23. 24. Include Site Name In Page Titles Global Configuration > SEO Settings Source: http://www.seomoz.org/article/search-ranking-factors#ranking-factors
  24. 25. Include Site Name In Page Titles Global Configuration > SEO Settings Unless seeing your brand name will increase CTR, place it in the back of your title.
  25. 26. Global Configuration
  26. 27. Site Meta Description Global Configuration > Metadata Settings
  27. 28. Site Meta Description Global Configuration > Metadata Settings Try keeping the length of your meta description between 150-160 characters.
  28. 29. Site Meta Description Global Configuration > Metadata Settings Meta description Words in the title tag and meta description are bolded based on the search query.
  29. 30. Site Meta Description Global Configuration > Metadata Settings “ Even though we sometimes use the description meta tag for the snippets we show, we still don't use the description meta tag in our ranking.” -- Head of Google’s Webspam team Matt Cutts Source: http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com/2009/09/google-does-not-use-keywords-meta-tag.html
  30. 31. Site Meta Keywords Global Configuration > Metadata Settings
  31. 32. Site Meta Keywords Global Configuration > Metadata Settings -- Head of Google’s Webspam team Matt Cutts Source: http://www.mattcutts.com/blog/keywords-meta-tag-in-web-search/ “ I hope this clarifies that the keywords meta tag is not something that you need to worry about, or at least not in Google.” “ [...] Google does not use the keywords meta tag in our web search”
  32. 33. Content Rights Global Configuration > Metadata Settings
  33. 34. Content Rights Global Configuration > Metadata Settings Put your content rights visually on your website, so human visitors see them as well.
  34. 35. Content Rights Global Configuration > Metadata Settings “ Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Cras ornare, neque in egestas aliquam, dolor tortor vehicula enim, nec vulputate metus risus sit amet urna. Morbi turpis neque http://www.example.org/pagename vel donec sapien leo. Porttitor hendrerit consectetur quis, bibendum nec ipsum. Aliquam nec est quis neque varius ultricies.” HTML is often stripped by crawlers, use absolute URLs instead to get more links.
  35. 36. Show Title Meta Tag Global Configuration > Metadata Settings
  36. 37. Show Title Meta Tag Global Configuration > Metadata Settings Don't use the title meta tag, use the actual title tag instead.
  37. 38. Show Author Meta Tag Global Configuration > Metadata Settings
  38. 39. Show Author Meta Tag Global Configuration > Metadata Settings Put the name of the author visually on your website, so human visitors see it as well.
  39. 41. Menu Manager
  40. 42. Menu Manager > Menu Items > Details The Menu Manager allows you to set a unique title per menu item. Menu Title
  41. 43. Menu Manager > Menu Items > Details Source: http://www.seomoz.org/learn-seo/title-tag Menu Title
  42. 44. Menu Manager > Menu Items > Details Menu Title Try to keep your page titles below 70 characters to prevent them from being cut off.
  43. 45. Menu Manager > Menu Items > Details To regenerate the Alias after it was generated, simply clear the field and save. Alias
  44. 46. Menu Manager
  45. 47. Menu Manager > Menu Items > Page Display Options Browser Page Title Browser Page Title overrides the Menu Title as title in the browser when it is set.
  46. 48. Menu Manager > Menu Items > Page Display Options Page Heading Page Heading is displayed as an H1 heading when it is set.
  47. 49. Menu Manager > Menu Items > Page Display Options Page Heading Source: http://www.seomoz.org/article/search-ranking-factors#ranking-factors
  48. 51. Article Manager
  49. 52. Article Manager > Articles Items > Edit Article Use the article Title to make unique titles for each of your articles individually. Title
  50. 53. Article Manager
  51. 54. Article Manager > Articles Items > Metadata Options Make sure every article has an unique Meta Description. Meta Description
  52. 55. Questions?
  53. 56. @theovdzee Theo van der Zee [email_address] @finishjoomla

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