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Magento SEO - Magento SEO Extensions Optimization Tips,Plugins,Ecommerce SEO


June 16 2011 by Email, Twitter


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Magento is an e-commerce platform, it is completely an open source CMS (Content Management System). Magento is one of the most search engine friendly e-commerce platforms, but optimizing a website based on Magento e-commerce platform requires good knowledge of the CMS functionalities so that proper changes can be made in the configuration settings and other internal settings in the CMS.

 

Magento Offers Multiple Functionalities To

1. Optimize Title and Meta tags

2. Remove duplicate contentSEO Services India

3. Remove canonical issue

4. Create Xml site map

5. Speed up Magento Website

 

Adding to this Magento has options to create and edit robots.txt and .htaccess files. Thus one can set a page as nofollow or dofollow, plus make redirection and set SEF URL’s.

 

Magento SEO Optimization Tips & Checklist

1. Title and Meta tag Optimization Home Page

It can be done from here:
System > Configuration > Design > Html Head

Leave Title Prefix and Title Suffix fields otherwise will be visible in other pages too.

2. Title and Meta tag Optimization of category and product pages

It can be done from here:
System > Configuration > Catalog > Manage Categories

3. URL Optimization

You can set the URL’s as per the name of the product or category.

It can be done from here:
System > Configuration > Catalog > Search Engine Optimization

Now enable “Use categories path for product URL's” or set it to yes.

4. Xml Sitemap generation

It can be done from here:
System > Configuration > Catalog > Google Sitemap > Add Sitemap
This permits you to create the site map manually.

5. Speed Up Magento

Similar to Joomla CMS, Magento also have the option to enable caching.

It can be done from here:
System > Cache Management

Now enable caching features.

6. URL Canonicalization and 301 Redirection
Search engines treats websites with www, non www and index as different web pages hence search engines may index all the pages which may cause duplicate content issue. So it is necessary to redirect all to the most desire one. Writing following piece of code in the .htaccess file we can resolve this issue.

RewriteEngine On

RewriteBase /

RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^domain-name.com

RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.domain-name.com/$1 [L,R=301]

This will redirect non www to www. Similarly we can redirect it from www to non www.

Using .htaccess file we can also redirect broken links or old pages to new one as

Redirect 301 /old-page http://www.domain-name.com/new-page

7. Robots.txt file
Using robots.txt file we can allow and disallow search engines which directory or pages are made for them and which are not, i.e what that can index or what not. Add your site map in robots.txt file as

Sitemap: http://domain-name.com/sitemap.xml

Other than above make use of header tags (h1,h2), bold your keywords, make keywords as a anchor text, and add alt text to the images. Hope these points will help you to optimize your Magento website and get high ranks in all major search engines.

There are many SEO plug-ins and extensions are available for Magento store that can help you to manage all the SEO activities without making changes in the internal files, thus gives you ease to optimize your site without putting your hands in the complex coding.

 

TOP 10 Free Magento E-Commerce SEO Plugins / Extensions

 

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