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Joomla SEO and Blogging

Posted: 25 Oct 2009 12:57 PM PDT

You are reading Joomla SEO and Blogging, an article from SEO for Blogs.

I recently finished my book on Joomla 1.5 SEO by Packt Publishing, you know the company behind several great Joomla Books and of course the Open Source CMS Awards.

One chapter in the book is about Joomla! Blogging and RSS Feeds. This chapter is now made free for you to download!

Use this link Joomla! Blogging and RSS Feeds to get download the PDF file.

Here is a Summary of Chapter 5:

  • Why blogging is good for your Search Engine Optimization strategy
  • How to set up a blog section in Joomla! and how to build a blogging menu and RSS Feed
  • Why the use of comments and interaction with your visitors is important, and how you can handle spam and comments by the integration of Disqus
  • The use of RSS Feeds and how to improve your Joomla! RSS Feed, using the Google FeedBurner service
  • How to claim your blog on Technorati, and a short introduction of the commercial blog component MyBlog from www.azrul.com

I hope this free chapter will give you even more insight in the possibilities of Blogging with Joomla.

P.s. And if you want to buy the book after finding this chapter useful, I won’t hold it against you…

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A new Joomla Blog Template that stands out

Posted: 23 Nov 2008 12:15 PM PST

You are reading A new Joomla Blog Template that stands out, an article from SEO for Blogs.

Joomlart.com released a new template called JA Uvite and it is really one of the greatest templates I have seen that you can use on a Joomla based Weblog.

The templates features some module’s in its footer that you could use for Related items, Recent posts and even for recent comments if you have a Joomla comment component and modules installed.

A great homepage setup like in their example makes this template one of a kind. I really like te colors and the way the modules are placed though out the page.

JA Uvit Joomla Blog Template

You can download the template if you are a member of the Joomlart template club, membership includes not only this template, but at the moment you have access to 60 others and more to come!
Which I think is a great deal for the great looking templates the put out every month.

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How to use sh404SEF to Improve MojoBlog SEF and SEO

Posted: 08 May 2008 01:38 PM PDT

You are reading How to use sh404SEF to Improve MojoBlog SEF and SEO, an article from SEO for Blogs.

As I mentioned in an earlier post about MojoBlog, that the only thing missing with this Blog tool for Joomla where the SEF options to create nice SEF URLs, and missing the Title tag for each post.

Reading some posts from www.goodwebpractices.com and www.alledia.com I wanted to see if the options in the advanced settings of the SEF Component sh404SEF would help to overcome these MojoBlog problems.

It did!! and it wasn’t even that difficult, so I thought I would share this with you, so you can do the same…

Getting sh404SEF Component and Module ready

First of is getting the sh404SEF component to show you its real strength!
If you installed and use the sh404SEF component (please use the latest release), you will see this basic configuration screen:

And you see nothing there that can help you… now just click on the item next to this screen that says “select advance parameters:

After this, you will see a screen with some more items to use in this great SEF and SEO Component:


As you can see now, there are to items on this screen that you can use to get some great stuff for you MojoBlog posts.

But before you can get to work on those items, you have to make sure of one other very important item to be published!
The sh404SEF Custom module needs to be published!
You can find this module in the normal module overview of Joomla, and you only need to publish it.
The module is part of the sh404SEF Component installation, so you don’t need to install it yourself.

There are a lot of parameters below this screen, but you only have to set it to published, that’s it.

Creating the SEF URL

Once you have done the above things to get everything into place, lets start by creating a SEF URL for a MojoBlog post.

First go to the front-end, while making sure the site, or just the MojoBlog component is NOT showing SEF URLs. You need this to get the “old non SEF URL” to put into the settings.
If you have a post, it should say something in the last part of the URL like
This will be different on your site ;-)

Copy this part of the URL and then go back to the sh404SEF Panel and click on:

And then choose “new” , this will bring up a field that will aks for that old URL and the new one.
Just copy the code from the previous step into the “Old URL” part and create a nice new one that should get into that place.
Please use “-” to connect the words
For the URL you can use the post title and you could leave out words like “and”, “for” and stuff like that for shorter URLs (Google ignores those anyway)
If you have set the option in sh404SEF that .html should be added to the URL, you can set it here as well.


Save the new URL and you are done with this part, you could check if it works already.
(Make sure the SEF Component is enabled an working again if you disabled it before)

Getting the Title and Metatags to  Work

You have seen another nice items in the sh404SEF Control panel… it says “Metatags”

Before you click on it, make sure you have the ”Old URL” you used earlier at hand, because you are going to need it here as well.

After you clicked on the above icon , choose “new meta” from the upper right-hand menu.

You will get a screen like the one below:


As you can see, the first file is where your old URL should go.
Below that you have the fields:

  • Title: where you can write your HTML Title that will be picked up by Google
    This title is different form you post title and shows only in the Title bar of your browser.
  • Description Tag: make this into a nice commercial description for you post
  • Keywords tag: Keep this few in numbers and make sure those terms are in the post text
  • Robots tag: Come in handy you want to doe some Follow, NoFollow or Index, NoIndex stuff
    Otherwise you can leave it empty.
  • Language tag: only useful for multilingual installations.

If you are satisfied with your lyrics, save it and go to the front-end, selecting the post you just worked on, in the source code of that screen you should see the Title, description and keywords you just entered…

One final thing remains, but that is out of you hands…. wait for Google or other search engines to re-index you page so you can check if what you did is indeed what the robots will pick-up…

If you want so see if things work on a live example, go to Hummerbie Mojo Blog and check some of the posts.

P.s. One more tip… the “Old URLs” from MojoBlog contain the last code &p=10 (or another number) and that last number correspond with the post ID from MojoBlog. So if you know that number, you can use the old URL you copied and just change the last number.

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Giving your Joomla Blog section a different Template

Posted: 10 Feb 2008 11:47 AM PST

You are reading Giving your Joomla Blog section a different Template, an article from SEO for Blogs.

Did you know you can assign different templates to different sections that are called on by your Joomla menu?

Let’s say you want your Joomla Blog categories to have a different Template then the rest of your website, how would you do  this?

First you have to create a menu item that holds your section, or the categories like you did in Creating your Blog Menu 

Now go to “Site” -> “Template manager” -> ” Site Templates” and there select the template you want to use.
Then click the “Assign” button in the upper right menu of the screen.

Now you can select the menu item(s) that should show the different layout.
Assign a Template to the Joomla Home page
After that, you should see something linke the screen below.

Different Joomla Template assigned

Go to the Frontpage of your website, and try the link yourself, look if it works…it does…!
If you want to reverse the process, simply push assign again and choose the top choice “None”.

So, where could you run into trouble and how to fix it…. for this to work, you should select two (or more) templates that have the same modules like ” left”, “right” end other positions you want to use, since you can only assign a module to one position.

If you have a template that works the wrong way, you could try to chance position calls in the index.php of the template (via the HTML editor in your template manager) .
For example, your want your menu to appear in “left”, but your new Blog template only has a ” right” column.
Go into the Blog template HTML and simply change “right” into “left” and see how that works out.

I know, it is so simple, you just don’t think about it this way… 

Want to read more in this topic? Go to SEO for Blogs.

Joomla 1.5 Stable release now ready for Download and How to go Further

Posted: 22 Jan 2008 05:21 AM PST

You are reading Joomla 1.5 Stable release now ready for Download and How to go Further, an article from SEO for Blogs.

Today Joomla 1.5 Stable release is a fact, Just read the announcement form the Joomla Core team and Download your version form the Joomla 1.5 Files.

Joomla 1.5 Stable released

So how to move forward from here, and what will bring Joomla 1.5 use in SEO and SEF options?

I will not be writing about this release here, but on my own Joomla, WordPress and SEO Blog, because I don’t have the time anymore to update three blogs.

So if you want to keep getting great information on Joomla and Search Engine Optimization, make sure you get the RSS Feed of Joomla Search Engine Optimization.

I hope to see you there! I wil still monitor this blog and reposnd to comments, just no new posts…

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Putting your Joomla Blog set up on the Frontpage

Posted: 26 Dec 2007 03:01 AM PST

You are reading Putting your Joomla Blog set up on the Frontpage, an article from SEO for Blogs.

I have set up an example Blog to let you see some of the nice components you can read about at the Joomla Blog Components page

Especially with the mojoBlog component as the frontpage of the website.

To get the mojoBlog, or any other component, to load on the frontpage instead of the Joomla frontpage you have to do two things.

First, create a menu item linking to the component.
Second place this menu link in the main menu above the Frontpage item!

Put your mojoBlog as the First positon in your main menu

The first menu item of the mainmenu is always the one that shows up on your website.

So, here is the example (in Dutch) with the Red Evolution Scrapbook template. De Joomla Blog

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Building a Better RSS Feed for you Joomla Blog

Posted: 19 Dec 2007 02:41 AM PST

You are reading Building a Better RSS Feed for you Joomla Blog, an article from SEO for Blogs.

If you have worked with Joomla, you know about its syndication function, right?

If not, go publish the module called “Syndication” but most likely you hae seen it on the Frontpage after a new installation of Joomla!

Click on the RSS 2.0 icon and look how it turns out…. o, and the articles you see there are ONLY from the frontpage!
Here are some screen shots of you standard Joomla Syndication option.

The standard Joomla feed from frontpage items The standard Joomla Syndication Component options The Standard Joomla Syndication Module

As you can see, there are no layout options, no images, just text..
Why, becouse the standard Joomla syndication components strips all html coding from your articles… so you beautifully crafted pages from you Joomla blog gets scrabeld to just text.
And it takes only articles that are on the frontpage.

Improving your Joomla Blog Feeds

But there is help, via a great component called DS-Syndication!

DS-Syndication is installed like a normal component and comes with some great features, like a button maker for your RSS Icons, but there is a lot more that this component does.

Like giving you the oppertunity to create feeds for each section or categorie, or bundeling more sections or categories end even create a feed for a section and than exclude a categorie… ok√© this might be a little overwhelming I guess.

So lets take a look at some screen shots of this component:

Like there is the Button maker, which is Fun, but not why you should use this component:

Getting to the feed button maker

The DS-Syndication Button maker

Are there is also a Ping manager and a Ping functionality build in, Ping is just ping…
Ping is Just that, it does a ping
The Feed ping manager

Setting up the good stuff for your Joomla Blog

Now we go in the into the functionality why you want this component…

Configuration of your Feed(s) from your Blog section and / or categories.

First you can see how to get to the screen and then I will tell you about some of the settings to use:

Setting up a new Joomla Blog feed

Go the the confuration screen for a new feed

Now after this you get a big screen with lots of settings:

Setting up a new Joomla Blog feed

And in more detail!

The Feed settings for your Blog

So there it is, a lot of settings to choose from, most of them can stay the way they are, but some of them you really should change!

  • RSS Type: leave this or set it to RSS 2.0
  • Number of messages:  set it to what you want, for SEO purposes choose a number like 12 or higher
  • Frontpage only: You should really set this to NO, unless you really want a special frontpage feed!
    becouse this means really just get the stuff from the frontpage.
  • Section: This is where you can make the difference.. select the section you crated for Blogging!
    Remember the post about Blog categorie and Layout  ? well, the section you created there is the one to choose here!
  • Exclusion: If you really want, you can exclude a categorie from getting into the feed, like a special FAQ categorie.
  • Categories: This is were you could single out one or more categories for your feed, Just make sute you use the real categorie titel! For more cagories, fill in each titel separeted by a comma.

Leave the rest the way it is as standard.

You see, you can now have several feeds for each section of for each category, just setup a new feed.

You want to check how the feed looks, just click on the Feed URL:
Checking the Feed URL content

You should see the articles form your blog with all the layout and images in tact, just as you want them to be!

There is also a special module you can install that shows you all the feeds you created, but I suggest you run your feeds through www.feedburner.com for optimal settings.
Feedburner will take you feed and ping the right services for you!
If you want to read how this is done with this DS-Syndication component, please read my article on Running your Feed though feedburner.

You can also see some real live feed on the site of SEO for Open Source CMS

The DS-Syndication component is brought to you by www.joomlafun.com and can be downloaded from http://joomlacode.org/gf/project/dssyndicate/

Have fun building a Better RSS Feed for you Joomla Blog!

Joomla Blog information brought to you by Hummerbie

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Blogs and RSS explained the easy way

Posted: 30 Nov 2007 03:34 AM PST

You are reading Blogs and RSS explained the easy way, an article from SEO for Blogs.

I found these very nice simple tutorials on the Internet that you might want to check out, because they provide simple plain English information about Blogging and RSS Feeds

These are video animations about why you want to Blog:


[blip.tv ?posts_id=517547&dest=-1]

And how people are going to use the RSS Feeds you will be creating with Joomla!

[blip.tv ?posts_id=209879&dest=-1]

Have Fun!

Joomla Blog information brought to you by Hummerbie

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Creating Your own Blog category Menu

Posted: 26 Nov 2007 11:58 AM PST

You are reading Creating Your own Blog category Menu, an article from SEO for Blogs.

To separate your Blog form the rest of your Joomla based website, you should give it his, of her, own Menu module.

To do this you simply create a new Menu Module.
You can do this by going into your Administrator panel and choose Menu -> Menu Manager, you now see als the menu’s that are already in the system.

Click new, and Fill the two fields with the text of your choice, but please don’t use just Blog ! because this could get you into problems with some Sef components…

A new Joomla Blog menu

If you think your done, think again… the module is created, but not active yet.
You need to publish the module via the Module menu, Site Modules that is also where you decide to give it a place on your Site front-end.

Activation of the Joomla Blog menu module

As you can see, there are several options for you menu, just like all the other menu options.

From here on it is your choice on how to put the categories in from you Blogging section.
You did create a Blog section and categories? Otherwise read the beginning of the Blog categorie post again.

Create tables, or Blog layouts, within the menu as you see fit, but please be consistent enough for you site visitors!

Starting with you Blog section on the Frontpage

What if you really just want to use Joomla for Blogging… you don’t want to start with the standard Frontpage!

No, you want to show your your Blogging section and the latest Blog content from different categories, wouldn’t that be great?

And it is possible, with just one menu item, in the main menu…

Create a new menu item in the Main menu and link it to a Blog section choice, select all the Blogging categories to show and set the layout values you want to use.

Now move the just created menu item up the menu ladder until it is in first position , above Home!

Check the preview of your site and see how Joomla uses the First item in the main menu to start your site with…
You Blog section just as you wanted it.

For your menu, you get something like the menu below, where your visitors can directly go to their Blog category of intrest.

A Sample Joomla Blog menu

Joomla Blog information brought to you by Hummerbie

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How to find a Joomla Blog template

Posted: 12 Nov 2007 07:13 AM PST

You are reading How to find a Joomla Blog template, an article from SEO for Blogs.

So, you have got the categories and sections done, created you first post and it all went fine.
The Joomla Blog Layout options for your Blog menu is working fine, but as you look at the frontpage of your site, it doesn’t look like a Blog, does it?

So I your really want to get a great looking Joomla based Blog, then the template should also be a bit Blog-styled.

Now here are a few templates that you can use for Blogging with Joomla.

The first one is a free template form www.redevolution.com with great old fashion feeling to it.
The template has some simple module positions that will allow you to look like a pro blogger.

 redevolution blog template scrapbook

But if you want something more clean, then maybe the Newswire version is more your thing:

A Clean Blog style template for Joomla

This template also has some Blogging like features like the Double Menu positions on the right-hand side of the template.

Or you could use a free template like Haiku from Rockettheme, a template that will give some peaceful meanings to your Blog, or so you might one to think so. 

Rockettheme free Haiku Template

Or of course you want to go full out and buy a Professional template that has a high Web 2.0 ring to it or is more glossy and up-to-date with glossy looks.
Like this one from Joomlashack.

 A Template from Joomlashack with a More glossy and up-to-date-look

Which ever way you want to go, make sure you have a template and images to match the topic of your Joomla based Blog.

That way people are more likely to see what your Blog is about at first glance, thus making it easier for you to get subscribers to your feed, and as that number rises, your are on your way to successful blogging with Joomla.

Joomla Blog information brought to you by Hummerbie

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