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search engine friendly

General steps to creating SEO for your website.

Are you considering how much you can do to keep your sites SEO up to scratch.

Here is a list of tips you can use to make sure your site gets noticed, please note however these are not all the steps you can take, just some genaral info, also they are not all as important but hey, every little bit helps right!!!

  • Write unique content
    Unique content is important, You need to provide content that has different information than what is on other sites and other Web pages.
  • Keep adding new content all the time
    Sites that have new content added on a regular basis are seen as more active than sites that rarely do. This also helps you to increase the amount of relevant content on your site, which also improves your rankings! So never stop adding new stuff.
  • Create as much content as you can
    Content is king. The more content you have on your site, the more there is to be indexed and appear in search engines.
  • Have a sitemap
    Install xmap, Enough said!!!
  • Add meta data onto each article on your page
    allow those little robo-spiders to roam free on your site, this will help to get your site noticed quicker, and improve your rankings. dont just try optimise your whole site to one keyword phrase!
  • Write a descriptive meta description
    Search engines use the description meta tag as the description in their index. So it’s important to describe your pages accurately. This helps customers find your pages, and search engines to index them.
  • Use your keyword phrase in your title tag
    The title tag is one of the most important tags on your Web page. And placing your keyword phrase in the title tag, preferably at the beginning, is very important to get that phrase into the search engines. Plus, that puts your keyword phrase as the link in the search engine index.
  • Put your keyword phrase in the first paragraph
    Repetition of your keyword phrase is important in your content. But it’s especially important in the first one or two paragraphs of text. And if you can repeat it once in the first paragraph that will help up it’s priority.
  • Format your keyword phrases to stand out
    Use and where appropriate to make your keyword phrases stand out. Search engines can read those tags, and will recognize that text that is emphasized is often more important than the surrounding text.
  • Get a domain with your keyword phrase
    Putting your keyword phrase in your domain name is a great way to optimize for that phrase.

Great component for Search engine optimisation

There are many ways to improve your sites traffic and get it noticed online, Here we will show you how to create a sitemap index in your sites root folder.

First Download and install Xmap, Xmap generates the sitemap dynamically every time the sitemap is visited so it can always provide a really up to date list of links. That’s the reason why there is no such sitemap.xml file. Find Xmap HERE Then Generate your sites XML sitemap.

Create a file in your site called sitemap.xml and copy the following content into the file:

<?xml version=”1.0″ encoding=”UTF-8″?>
<sitemapindex xmlns=”http://www.sitemaps.org/schemas/sitemap/0.9″>
<sitemap>
<loc>http://www.(yoursitesgenaration).com/index.php?option=com_xmap&view=xml&id=1&lang=en </sitemap>
</sitemapindex>

Allow robots to index images

the robots.txt file is in your site root folder. It contains info on which folders should be indexed and not. I can also include information about your XML sitemap.

There are just two tips I would recommend regarding SEO and the robots.txt file:

Remove exclusion of images

For reasons I don’t understand, the default robots.txt file in Joomla is set up to exclude your images folder. That means your images will not be indexed by Google and included in their Image Search. And that’s something you would want, as it adds another level to your sites search engine visibility.

To change this, open your robots.txt file and remove the line that says:

Disallow: /images/

Add a reference to your sitemap.xml file

I’ve talked about the Sitemap XML file previously, in my post on How to get your Joomla site indexed in Google. If you have a sitemap.xml file (and you should have!), it will be good to include the following line in your robots.txt file:

sitemap:http://www.domain.com/sitemap.xml

Naturally, this line needs to be adjusted to fit your domain and sitemap file. In my case, I use the Xmap component to create the Sitemap XML file automatically.

So, the line looks like this for galore.co.za:

sitemap:http://www.galore.co.za/component/option,com_xmap/lang,en/sitemap,1/view,xml/

Other than that, the robots.txt file can live happily at peace in your site’s root folder.

Joomla Robots.txt File

The robots.txt file is a handy little file located in the root directory of your joomla installation. At first glance in the file it looks to have very little information and very little use. However this is completely wrong, this file is very handy and it is actually looked for by the googlebot when it is scanning your website for pages.

What the googlebot does is scan through the file and each line represents a request made by the website for the search bot not to scan a particular directory. So what does this mean to our search engine optimisation efforts? When it comes to search engines and pages ranking well you must have valid unique content, valid and unique titles and meta tags and be relevant to the subject the person has just searched upon.

The robots.txt file is used to give spiders—automatic programs that ‘crawl’ the internet adding pages to search engines—instructions about what folders and files should not be indexed in the search engine. Some spiders ignore these directives, and might be attempting to cause problems with bandwidth consumption, so use the htaccess file to forbid those spiders from visiting the site at all.

  • use one directive per line
  • This file is case-sensitive; that is, uppercase or lowercase characters in names do matter
  • do not use comments