How to Improve Your Website
The patch also gives you extra configuration settings for metadata. Optimal configuration of these settings is one of the key factors in further improving your site for SEO. The metadata of your pages is the data that is not shown in the content of the page itself.
Metadata records are created for search engines to get more information about the page, such as who created the page, the title of the page, and more importantly, a short description of the content of the page that can be shown on the search engine result pages. Using these options in the correct way helps you to rank a lot better in most search engines.
Therefore, let’s start with these settings and take action to put them right. Let’s start by looking at the changes and options that are now available in the Global Configuration screen.
Meta tag robots settings
This setting is used to tell the Search Engine Robots if they should index and follow the content of the article, or web site. By default Joomla! will tell the Search Engine Robots to index, follow every page, but you don’t need to do that.
Search engine spiders see the exception rather than the rule, and will index pages and follow links unless they are told otherwise, so just use those fields for special pages. Leave this field as it is, but keep in mind that you will be able to use this setting on page by page basis if you need to.
Show Title Meta Tag
This field should always be set to Yes so that you can change the title specifically for the search engines. With the parameter set to No, the HTML Title is not shown in every article and menu link. You can see how this affects the page meta tags fields later on.
Show Author Meta Tag
If you have a web site that is created by different authors, or you use Joomla! for blogging with different authors, you should set this to Yes. If you or the web site owner is the only one who writes articles, this is not really necessary.
Show Joomla generator tag
As you read before, it is best not to show the generator tag, so set it to No. The removal of the generator tag can also be done using an option in the sh404SEF component. Another option is to hack the Joomla! core files, which I don’t recommend, as you need to keep track of every hack you make because you will need to do them again after each core update.
As for the other metadata settings, my suggestion is not to use them, as it will only provide duplicate content to the site.