v3.6.0 SEO – Progress Report – Part 2

Posted May 5, 2013 by Raymond Benc

We had recently announced the inclusion of HTML5 Microdata in v3.6. I first off wanted to say thanks to everyone that gave as much constructive feedback as possible. If you have proven data on how to improve SEO feel free to share it and we will seriously take it into consideration.

We have a few more updates to share with the community in regards to SEO improvements for this version.

Duplicate Titles

Our first goal was to fix duplicate titles that end up on each page. One issue was that the site name would show up on every page. We added a new setting to remove this title and to only show it if a page has no title set.

We currently have support to add custom meta keywords and descriptions for any page on the site direct from the AdminCP. We added support for titles as well and changed the feature from “Custom Meta Tag” to “Custom Element”. With this addition you can append a custom title on any page on the site by simply pasting the URL of the page. This includes specific items like a blog entry or a video.

On each section we usually have a filter called “Sort”. This sorts items based on for example, Most Viewed or Most Liked. To give these sections a more unique title we have also appended this to the title.

Canonical Support

We have included the automatic creation of rel=”canonical”. To learn more about what this entails and how it helps SEO check out this guideline by Google.

Duplicate Content

If you enable the mobile feature of your site and if you allow guests to view these sections (disabled by default) you will get every page on your site marked as a duplicate since there are 2 versions of the same page on different locations. To fix this we are including support for rel=”alternate”. To learn more about this check out Google’s guidelines on “Annotations for desktop and mobile URLs“.

These are the updates for this weekend.