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Search Engine Optimization is the set of steps that can be taken to improve your page rank in search engines. Topics include: sitemaps, metadata, canonical links, search pagination, h1 and title tags, and url format.

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Custom canonical urls using sh404SEF

Currently my site is using the sh404SEF plugin (Joomla 3.2) to add canonical urls to every page. This is working, however on the index page its outputting: www.example.com/?view=home instead of ...
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How to deal with Duplicated Content / URLs in Joomla?

I just found out a major SEO issue and while I have solved it for the time being; I am trying to figure out why it may have occurred in the first place and if there was mistake or is it something to ...
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How to remove the 'index.php' from URL's?

I was wondering if it is possible to remove the 'index.php' that is shown in every URL.
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How to append the site title to all pages except the front page?

In the Joomla 2.5 Global Configuration under SEO, there is the option to "Include Site Name in Page Titles", with the options "After", "Before" or "No". However, how do you include the site name ("...
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Why Joomla 3 add Canonical tag to current page and made it unindexable?

Joomla adds canonical tag to almost all pages that refers to themselves, so they will not be indexable (I checked URLs by Doctor SEO extension in FF) and they are not shown in google search result (i ...
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How to change the title tag?

On each page I get the option of meta description and keywords but don't get Title. Where can I change what appears under the <title> tag.
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Unblock template and media in Robots TXT for Google Webmaster Tools?

I've been working a lot with SEO for clients lately and I've noted that they are requiring access to the template in Webmaster Tools now to establish that a site is mobile-friendly. Google is ...
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Joomla 3.x Search Engine Friendly URL for Articles

I've got a website using Joomla 3.x. The menu items are as follow: Home Category A (alias: cat-a) Category B (alias: cat-b) where Category A and B are in Category List type. Also I have set up two ...
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Google still indexing old URLs

I am using Joomla 3.0 for my site Last month, I have submitted my site to google using Google Web Master Tools Last week I installed category listing plugin called 'DM Pinboard'. Because of this ...
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Menu Item loads any article content when ID passed in the URL instead of showing 404 error

I am having a very strange issue where I have a menu item called /foo which loads article Item 1. Now if I do /foo/2, I would expect this to generate a 404 page since I don't have a sub menu item '2' ...
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How Useful Are Meta Descriptions & Keywords

When writing Joomla articles I tend to leave out the meta information under publishing options, but should I be including it and if so, what benefit (if any) will I notice as regards page ranking? I ...
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How do i remove the id from Joomla 3 URLs using code

I know this question has been asked before, I think I've read most of the answers: make a menu item for the article hack the core (router) use a paid SEO extension like sh404sef use rewrites None of ...
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What is the best way to switch an existing Joomla site from http to https (SEO)

What is the best way to switch an existing Joomla site from http to https (SSL), technically and also from an SEO approach. 1st, i had a rule in my htaccess but it was not perfect : RewriteCond %{...
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Sitemaps with Xmap on Joomla 2.5: (how) can I improve them?

I have a small personal website, bilingual, say namesurname.joomlafree.it, made with Joomla 2.5 (remote installation). I have created with Xmap two sitemaps, one for italian language, one for english. ...
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How can I create custom page titles for blog articles?

I can specify custom page titles by editing menu options and editing Page Display -> Browser Page Title but how do I do this for blog articles which do not have individual menu options?
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Custom template creates multiple H1 tags on same page

I´m new to Joomla and started on my own template. Using this code to get articles: <jdoc:include type="component" /> Output multiple tags on the same page... This is, as far as I know, bad ...
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How Can I Get Rid Of Category Pages in Joomla

I have created several categories in my Joomla site to keep my articles organised but I have noticed that Google can see these categories and the category id and name is being added randomly to the ...
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How to remove Content with 410 Status code

so I have a Joomla Website with a lot of content (10k+ items acumulated over the last 10 years). I want to remove the Content of the first 5 Years because it costs a lot of Crawler Budget for Google. ...
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Bad configuration of Externallogin extension causing search engine indexing problem

Brief Overview My Joomla website has a strange problem with search engine robots. I checked ALL the standard things a webmaster can do to make sure it is not a trivial issue with robots.txt file or ...
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TimeToFirstByte problem in joomla

my site was working fine till a few months ago thanks to "jch plugin" and "cache plugin" and page load time improved to 3 seconds and response time under 1 second. but suddenly response time went up ...
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Facebook Share - Remove: “The Joomla! content management system lets you create webpages…”

When I try to share anything from facebook, I get the default description: The Joomla! content management system lets you create webpages of various types using extensions. There are 5 basic types ...
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Correct usage of robots.txt

With the recent Google update, a correctly configured Robots.txt file is even more important than before. The updated Robots.txt from Joomla now allows the templates directory (or rather does not ...
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My 404 page returns a 500

Joomla is correctly detecting when a page is not found, and redirects me to the error page I have setup. Unfortunately, I've found that the error code being returned is a 500, instead of a 404, and ...
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How to get high score on Google PageSpeed Insights with Joomla 1.5?

with testmysite.thinkwithgoogle.com i tested an old Joomla 1.5 website and i got really bad results. I managed to working on some points and it was succesfull. Now i have a few points open. Eliminate ...
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Delay in loading home page modules

In some sites in their home pages, as u scroll down, modules appear one by one. I think this enhances page load time. How can i do this in Joomla? Is it doable? Is there a plugin or something for this ...
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Joomla K2 tags don't work with SEF

I created a multilingual web site(blog) and everything worked fine, except filtering by tag. My web site is on Joomla 3.4.3 and I am storing content using K2 ver. 2.6.9. My articles have tags and ...
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Joomla Robots.txt and Google

Google says my site is not mobile-friendly, though my site is responsive. see the photo below: As you see the site is not opening correctly in the preview. Then I commented out the following ...
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I'm using sh404SEF on HostGator. What should I do with my .htaccess?

I'm new to sh404SEF, but I understand it is widely used. I host with HostGator. I'm using sh404SEF primarily to generate search engine friendly URL's. sh404SEF advertises that I can do this without ...
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Meta data hierarchy in Joomla

Can anyone explain the meta hierarchy in Joomla, please? I see the global meta, but also at the article detail, category and menu level. I assume that the global is intended to serve as the crawled ...
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Image Usage Right Tagging

Can I tag my site images for Google's "Label for reuse" and such? I appreciate any feedback. P.S. Does Meta keywords do anything anymore? Happy thoughts
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How to change the home page to be domain.com/blog?

A client wants to build a new Joomla website in two phases. The first phase is a very simple website with mainly a blog. The blog would appear on the home page. The second phase will include the rest ...
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How to generate absolute urls in joomla 3

How can i make all my links in joomla including menu items and article links absolute links and not relative ones? and of course, without hacking the core files.
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How to hide robots.txt from users?

As robots.txt can be found: site.com/robots.txt everyone can see it, including also bad thinking persons. How can I hide the robots.txt from everyone except the search-bots?
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Is there a way to reduce document waiting time?

Our document has a very high waiting time and very low receiving time. Is there a way to get the document to start receiving earlier?
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Is it safe to use `Use URL Rewriting` option?

I'd like to remove index.php from joomla URLs. Though I'm little worried that this can affect keyword positions in google. Is it safe to turn this parameter ?
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Unpublished internal link still generates a 200 OK and View not found message

I am facing a really weird issue and can't figure out what is going on here. An internal menu item (added by clicking 'Article') was unpublished and I was expecting the 404 to be generated. But when I ...
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things to consider when choosing an eCommerce template

I'm a web designer working for a cctv company. the website is built with Joomla CMS and i'm working on it for almost 2 years. i have seo and speed problems with the template. i'm considering changing ...
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Menu Item incorrectly displays category view with list of categories and link to categories

I created a menu item with alias 'sci-fi-offer' and the full path /fiction/offers/sci-fi-offer. I changed the menu item to an url for the time being and it looked and worked all fine but I got some ...
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Redirecting multilingual url

I'm having a hard time redirecting URLs on multilingual Joomla site. New site has following URL structure: http://sitename.com/[language]/[pagename].html and old site URL structure is as follows : ...
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Joomla Redirect without changing url

I am looking for a way to redirect joomla to a different page without changing the url in the address bar. We currently have a site setup that when it encounters a 404 page (eg. site.com/fake-url) it ...
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Add querystring parameters and generate a SEF URL

we have a custom PHP script which is running under JUMI to perform and display some data. The custom script is accessible to a SEF url such as http://www.mysite.com/jumi-script which is a ...
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Crawl errors in Google Search Console

6 months ago I completely deleted my old 2.5 Joomla site and replaced it with a new site using a new template. Now in the Google Search Console there are thousands of crawl errors. All the errors are ...
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Joomla redirect with HTTP Status Code (redirect component vs .htaccess)

First of all, this is not the same question as can be found here: (Redirect URLs using Redirect component or .htaccess). What I want to know is what HTTP Status Code (for e.g. 301, 302, 303, etc...) ...
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Redirect component is showing a lot of links with index.php at the end of URL

I keep a regular watch on the the Redirect Component and lately I have noticed a lot of 404s being registered that is a bit confusing. For instance, there is a SEF link like /books/new-book which ...
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There is no h1 tag in the home page

There is no h1 or h2 tags in my site's home page. I guess that's a very bad thing for SEO. By searching i found out that one way to solve this is to override root/components/com_content/views/...
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Joomla page title is not article title for some articles

I am using version 3.6.5. After some SEO inspection, we realized that some article pages are using duplicate page titles (the site name being the page title). I compared the article whose page title ...
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Having absolute SEF links in Joomla

When I am in home page, everything is OK. All images and assets are loaded since relative URL works. But when I visit an internal page, such as: example.com/terms The images' links break, since I ...
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redirecting index.php urls on non-index.php urls

my site's URLs open in both with and without index.php. see below: www.example.com/index.php/en/support/download-center/softwares www.example.com/en/support/download-center/softwares how can i ...
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How to make Category Links noindex

Is there a way to make all my categories to be "noindex"? (Plugin or even better default joomla way) Right now crawlers find the category URLs and thus create duplicate content on search engines. ...
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How to set noindex on components

Anyone who can tell me how I can disable the component users to provide search engines the noindex, means: <meta name=robots content="noindex" /> for example in all Joomla instances, the URL /...