Joomla 1.5 SEO Checklist

Joomla 1.5 SEO Check List

Here’s a simple SEO check list for Joomla 1.5.x, added for my own reference, and based on the checklist at the excellent Red Evolution website:  http://www.redevolution.com/joomla-seo-checklist/

I’ll blog further on my experience of implementing these seo tactics on my own sites, to develop my own personal list.

  • Use SEF URL’s.
    Our preferred solution is SEF Advance.  It’s not perfect but it works very well. It’s also fast and simple to set up.
    If you are using SEF Advance you can set it to hide the section and category in the URL. This can make the URL’s simpler and shorter.
  • Page Title settings
    Set the page title to HIDE in the parameters, you can do this globally. This allows the page Title box to be used for a well crafted page TITLE element, very important for SEO, and then simply use a normal H1 element for the on page title. For content items use the title alias for your SEF URL.
  • H1 on-page header
    With the page title set to HIDE create an H1 on-page header, assuming the page content needs a header. You may need to style your CSS to make this look OK.
  • META DESCRIPTION
    Create a unique META DESCRIPTION for each page. Google uses these in the SERPs.
  • META KEYWORDS
    Create unique META KEYWORDS for each page. They are no longer important but it’s better to be safe than sorry. May still have some impact on legacy search engines?
  • Global Configuration Settings
    Empty the global META TAGS in Global Config.
    Empty the Site Name in the Global Config.
  • Fix Canonical Issues
    To fix the so called canonical issues and make sure you only have one version of your homepage add the following lines to your .htaccess file AFTER replacing ‘yourdomain.com’ with your own domain.
    #Red Evo index.php fix
    RewriteCond %{THE_REQUEST} ^[A-Z]{3,9}\ /index\.php\ HTTP/
    RewriteRule ^index\.php$ http://www.yourdomain.com/ [R=301,L]
    #Red Evo Homepage fix
    Redirect 301 /home http://www.yourdomain.com
  • Install the Joomap extension
    Install the Joomap extension and tell Google, Live, Yahoo etc about your site!
  • Install Google Analytics
    Install Google Analytics and/or Clicky into your template’s index.php file using the in built Joomla! Template Manager.

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