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== Why create a Search Engine Friendly Site? ==
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==Why Create a Search Engine Friendly Site?==
To start off this article, I want to give an answer to this question. If your Web site is anything like mine, then your biggest visitor is an engine bot. In order to add your page, a search engine (like Google) will send out "crawlers" or "bots" to harvest your pages. These bots cannot harvest things that are created/triggered by javascript, or 'see' images (though they do check alt tags) and don't play well with flash files if at all. While all these things may make the site look better, they do little to nothing in terms of SEO (search engine optimisation).
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In order to add your pages to its database, a search engine (such as Google) will send out so-called crawlers, spiders or bots to harvest the text on your site. These bots cannot harvest things that are created by Javascript, or 'see' images (though they do check alt tags) and the don't play well with Flash files if at all. While all these things may make the site look better, they do little to nothing in terms of search engine optimisation (SEO).
  
== Keywords ==
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==Keywords==
 
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There are two major parts to understanding keywords, one is the meta tag and the other is density. If you are starting a brand new site you will need to do a little planning for both SEO and simple Joomla structure.   Keywords are the focus of your content. You should come up with a list of no more than 25 keywords that describe your sites message. Once you have your list of keywords keep them in focus as you write content and create Joomla sections, categories, and articles. Use these keywords through your site to improve SEO.
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There are two major parts to understanding keywords: one is the meta tag and the other is density. If you are starting a brand new site you will need to do a little planning for both SEO and simple Joomla structure. Keywords are the focus of your content. You should come up with a list of no more than 25 keywords that describe your site's message. Once you have your list of keywords, keep them in focus as you write content and create Joomla sections, categories, and articles. Use these keywords through your site to improve SEO.
  
The meta keyword tag found in the head of most web documents has little effect for Google, Bing, and many of the other larger search engines. Yahoo still uses the meta tag as part of the algorithm, as well as some of the meta crawlers. Search engines all read the text in the tag, they just do not apply the information to the algorithms. I have always found that placing the keyword meta tag helps me write better keyword rich content. If your page has a keyword tag , you must make sure that word is on the same page in the content.
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The meta keyword tag found in the head of most Web documents has little effect for Google, Bing and many of the other larger search engines. Yahoo still uses the meta tag as part of the algorithm, as well as some of the meta crawlers. Search engines all read the text in the tag; they just do not apply the information to their ranking algorithms. I have always found that placing the keyword meta tag helps me write better keyword rich content. If your page has a keyword tag, you must make sure that word is on the same page in the content.
  
Density is the number of times a word is placed in the readable content of a page. If I have ten readable words and one word is a keyword I have a density of 10%. If I have 100 words and one of them is a keyword I now have a density of 1%. Keep your density between 3.5% and 7% look for an online density analyzer to get an estimated density of a keyword.   
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Density is the number of times a word is placed in the readable content of a page. If you have ten readable words and one word is a keyword the density of 10%. If you have 100 words and one of them is a keyword you now have a density of 1%. Keep your density between 3.5 and 7 percent. Look for an online density analyzer to get an estimated density of a keyword.   
  
Make sure to use keywords in your titles or aliases, links, and content. DO NOT STUFF keywords. Content that does not make sense and fully of keywords for the sole purpose to raise the keyword density to a high level will cause your site to be penalized in the search engines. It is very difficult to write an article that someone will enjoy reading or find usable and increase the density over 7%.
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Make sure to use keywords in your titles or aliases, links, and content. DO NOT STUFF keywords. Content that does not make sense and is full of keywords for the sole purpose of raising the keyword density to a high level will cause your site to be penalized in the search engines. It is very difficult to write an article that someone will enjoy reading or find usable and increase the density over 7 percent.
  
This section has a keyword density on the term “keyword” of 1.79% and on the term “keywords” of 2.05%. The combined density is approximately 3.8%. You can see how deliberate you would have to be to stuff a site greater than 7%
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This section has a keyword density on the term “keyword” of 1.79% and on the term “keywords” of 2.05%. The combined density is approximately 3.8%. You can see how deliberate you would have to be to stuff a site greater than 7%.
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'''To add meta keywords to your site do the following:'''
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'''To Add Meta Keywords to Your Site:'''
  
* Add the 25 keywords to your Global Configuration > Site> Global Site Meta Keywords .
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* Add the 25 keywords to your Global Configuration > Site > Global Site Meta Keywords.
 
* Add specific meta keywords to articles using the metadata information. Make sure the keywords listed here are in the content of the article also.
 
* Add specific meta keywords to articles using the metadata information. Make sure the keywords listed here are in the content of the article also.
* Adding the data does not harm your rankings in search engines, and will help you in yahoo, and meta crawlers. Never add more than 25 words in the meta data, separate words and phrases with a comma, and do not repeat keywords.
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* Adding the data does not harm your rankings in search engines, and will help you in Yahoo, and meta crawlers. Never add more than 25 words in the meta data. Separate words and phrases with a comma. Do not repeat keywords.
  
== Use Semantic HTML ==
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==Use Semantic HTML==
 
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Use semantic HTML - only 1 H1 per page for the most important header etc.
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Use semantic HTML - only one H1 per page for the most important header.
  
== Use links in your content ==
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==Use Links in Your Content==
 
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Have good links inline in text (articles) and avoid the use of things like 'click here' as the text that displays for a link. You want to try and have something that conveys the gist of the content of the page that the link points to.
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Have good links inline in the text (articles) and avoid the use of things like 'click here' as the text that displays for a link. You want to try and have something that conveys the gist of the content of the page that the link points to.
  
== Have a structured or planned navigation ==
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==Have a Structured or Planned Navigation==
 
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having a good navigation system is hugely beneficial for allowing bots to effectively crawl your site. (joomla goes a long way for doing this for you when used correctly so thats a big bonus).
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Having a good navigation system is hugely beneficial for allowing bots to effectively crawl your site. (Joomla goes a long way in doing this for you when used correctly.)
  
== Have a sitemap ==
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== Have a Sitemap ==
 
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A sitemap is essentially a table of contents for your site. This serves two purposes:
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A sitemap is essentially a table of contents for your site. This serves two purposes:
  
 
# It provides a place where visitors can go to easily get to any content on your site, even if it isn't necessarily easy to access by other navigation aids on the site.
 
# It provides a place where visitors can go to easily get to any content on your site, even if it isn't necessarily easy to access by other navigation aids on the site.
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At the very least, a sitemap should link to the main sections and pages within your site, but the more detailed you can make it, the better.
 
At the very least, a sitemap should link to the main sections and pages within your site, but the more detailed you can make it, the better.
  
== Things to remember ==
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== Things to Remember ==
 
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* That anything that requires a login will not be 'seen' by a search engine.
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* Anything that requires a login will not be 'seen' by a search engine.
* That this article only just starts to scrape the surface.
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* This article only just starts to scrape the surface.
* That frequent maintenance and updates are a big part of SEO.
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* Frequent maintenance and updates are a big part of SEO.
* That SEO is only the start - it might help people find your site through search engines but you've got to work out how to get them to stay or come back or use your site.
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* SEO is only the start - it might help people find your site through search engines but you've got to work out how to get them to stay or come back or use your site.
  
 
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Revision as of 22:02, 24 January 2011

Contents

Why Create a Search Engine Friendly Site?

In order to add your pages to its database, a search engine (such as Google) will send out so-called crawlers, spiders or bots to harvest the text on your site. These bots cannot harvest things that are created by Javascript, or 'see' images (though they do check alt tags) and the don't play well with Flash files if at all. While all these things may make the site look better, they do little to nothing in terms of search engine optimisation (SEO).

Keywords

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There are two major parts to understanding keywords: one is the meta tag and the other is density. If you are starting a brand new site you will need to do a little planning for both SEO and simple Joomla structure. Keywords are the focus of your content. You should come up with a list of no more than 25 keywords that describe your site's message. Once you have your list of keywords, keep them in focus as you write content and create Joomla sections, categories, and articles. Use these keywords through your site to improve SEO.

The meta keyword tag found in the head of most Web documents has little effect for Google, Bing and many of the other larger search engines. Yahoo still uses the meta tag as part of the algorithm, as well as some of the meta crawlers. Search engines all read the text in the tag; they just do not apply the information to their ranking algorithms. I have always found that placing the keyword meta tag helps me write better keyword rich content. If your page has a keyword tag, you must make sure that word is on the same page in the content.

Density is the number of times a word is placed in the readable content of a page. If you have ten readable words and one word is a keyword the density of 10%. If you have 100 words and one of them is a keyword you now have a density of 1%. Keep your density between 3.5 and 7 percent. Look for an online density analyzer to get an estimated density of a keyword.

Make sure to use keywords in your titles or aliases, links, and content. DO NOT STUFF keywords. Content that does not make sense and is full of keywords for the sole purpose of raising the keyword density to a high level will cause your site to be penalized in the search engines. It is very difficult to write an article that someone will enjoy reading or find usable and increase the density over 7 percent.

This section has a keyword density on the term “keyword” of 1.79% and on the term “keywords” of 2.05%. The combined density is approximately 3.8%. You can see how deliberate you would have to be to stuff a site greater than 7%.

To Add Meta Keywords to Your Site:

  • Add the 25 keywords to your Global Configuration > Site > Global Site Meta Keywords.
  • Add specific meta keywords to articles using the metadata information. Make sure the keywords listed here are in the content of the article also.
  • Adding the data does not harm your rankings in search engines, and will help you in Yahoo, and meta crawlers. Never add more than 25 words in the meta data. Separate words and phrases with a comma. Do not repeat keywords.

Use Semantic HTML


Use semantic HTML - only one H1 per page for the most important header.

Use Links in Your Content


Have good links inline in the text (articles) and avoid the use of things like 'click here' as the text that displays for a link. You want to try and have something that conveys the gist of the content of the page that the link points to.

Have a Structured or Planned Navigation


Having a good navigation system is hugely beneficial for allowing bots to effectively crawl your site. (Joomla goes a long way in doing this for you when used correctly.)

Have a Sitemap

Copyedit.png
This Article Needs Your Help

This article is tagged because it NEEDS REVIEW. You can help the Joomla! Documentation Wiki by contributing to it.
More pages that need help similar to this one are here. NOTE-If you feel the need is satistified, please remove this notice.


A sitemap is essentially a table of contents for your site. This serves two purposes:

  1. It provides a place where visitors can go to easily get to any content on your site, even if it isn't necessarily easy to access by other navigation aids on the site.
  2. It provides a centralized store of links to the content on your site that can be easily indexed by search engines.

At the very least, a sitemap should link to the main sections and pages within your site, but the more detailed you can make it, the better.

Things to Remember


  • Anything that requires a login will not be 'seen' by a search engine.
  • This article only just starts to scrape the surface.
  • Frequent maintenance and updates are a big part of SEO.
  • SEO is only the start - it might help people find your site through search engines but you've got to work out how to get them to stay or come back or use your site.