Joomla Search Engine Optimization - SEO

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If you are using Joomla CMS, SEO is in many ways a much easier task to undertake. There are link building components with auto link check features, friendly URL components, title tag creators, Google site map creators, built in site maps and many other "little programs" which automate many of the tedious optimization tasks for the webmaster. When you build a new website with Joomla, there is a list of components that should be installed and configured right from the very beginning of your project.

5 Steps to Make Your Joomla Website SEO Friendly.

1. Install the latest version of Joomla The core Joomla install package (1.10) now comes with better built-in usability features such as label tags being added to Site module and component output, and the mosHTML::selectList and mosHTML::radioList automatically provide the correct label tag.

2. Install the Joomla SEF Patch This patch improves the Joomla core code into good SEO code and is available for Joomla 1.010 The basic installation of Joomla is not fully optimized for search engine optimization. This patch gives you the ability to assign META data to all Joomla related URL's, so you can define now META data for Joomla components as well. It offers Multi-phrase keywords suggestions for URL META pages, and you can overrule the META settings of the "standard" Joomla documents and assign different META tags then the documents

3. Install OpenSEF This component is amazing. It allows you to use the mod_rewrite feature on Linux servers. In other words, it gets rid of the ugly long URL’s which include special characters. You can create your own URL’s suing your keywords. For instance, if you are writing a webpage on carrots, you want to have the main keyword in the URL if possible. OpenSEF allows you to create a friendly URLs and assign them to the built in url's which are not very crawler friendly. It's important because some of these CMS site URL's contain stop characters like & % which could stop the search engine from crawling any further on your website. This component also includes many seo tools, like a Google sitemap creator.

4. Install a Link Building Component

There are a couple really goods ones out there. Linx is a new one which has built in link checking. This means it will automatically check to ensure your partner still has a link back to your site. It's very easy to create categories on the fly, and to add link partners just by cuting and pasting thier website information into a form.

5. Install a samSiteMap Component for your Website.

A sitemap true indexing component creates complex document trees and/or content lists for your website users. samSiteMap can be used to create a full site Index All Joomla standard content (content,contacts,links,newsfeeds,etc..) can be included, each having its own short description derived from the items themselves (like a search engine display).

In Conclusion: Joomla SEO is in many ways a lot easier and less time consuming than performing search engine optimization on a traditional HTML website (non- content management system). There are plenty of built in features an optimizer can make use of, as well as many components and modules which make a sometimes daunting task a little easier on the nerves.

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