Meta Tags in Joomla
I will show you how to change your site setup to overcome and prevent these kind of problems. I will give you some information on the new rel=”canonical” option to give the search engines your preferred URL when we look into the SEF Joomla components. I will also show you whether “no follow” options are still valid if we look at the SEF patch and content creation. Both these options have a new or improved benefit for SEO.
Global configuration meta tag settings:
If you use the Meta data Settings under Global Configuration fields, you are placing the same description and keywords on every menu item that is not pointing to a specific article.
So, with every menu item you create in your Joomla! web site, you create duplicate descriptions and keyword meta tags, something the search engines don’t like. These duplicate descriptions appear in the result pages something that you probably want to avoid. You want the right descriptions and keywords to be indexed.
Clear the fields in Global Configuration | Site. Do not use the Global Meta Tags at all! I will show you how to create a better meta tag description and set of meta keywords later on, but for now, please let Google and other search engines pick their own snippets to show in the search engine result pages.
PDF, Print, and E-mail icons
Although it is a nice idea to give your visitors the option to view and print your content in a PDF or print format, it provides extra food for the search engines. With Joomla! 1.0.x you would find a lot of PDF pages in the Google result pages.
With Joomla! 1.5 there are some simple options you can configure to prevent this from happening. Just select Content | Article Manager | Parameter and Joomla! will open an overlay screen. Here you can scroll down and disable Icons, PDF Icon, and Print Icon by selecting Hide then click on Save and you are done.
Joomla!, just like WordPress, inserts an HTML tag that says:
<meta name=”generator”content=”Joomla! 1.5 – Open Source Content Management”/>
This is of course a nice way to show that you use Joomla!, to the people who view the source code. However, from an SEO point of view, this information has nothing to do with the content of your pages, and it adds an extra line to your page size. This can also be a nice indicator for hackers to know the version of Joomla! you are using.
The good thing is that all these issues can be solved with minimal effort by changing some settings and using some extra components and patches.