Tag: seo

How to stop xmap showing your homepage as /home

I only realised a few days ago as I looked into someone elses site that the standard url on an xmap sitemap for the homepage is /home

Both this and the standard / urls exist and it can lead to problems when getting indexed.

Here’s how to sort it out…

 

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Set Expires Headers in .htaccess

Set Expires Headers in .htaccess to speed up page load times

If you use the firebug pagespeed addon or yslow you will be used to seeing the warning ‘Add Expires Headers’

This can be quite simple to fix by adding the following lines at the bottom of your .htaccess file.

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Google Pagespeed for Firefox 4

Although not on the official page speed site, Google have actually released a version of pagespeed that runs on Firefox 4.

Why it’s not on the site I have no idea, I would imagine it would have something to do with pushing developers towards chrome.

Anyway, the link is here:

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Speed up @fontface loading time

@fontface is a great tool for giving your site an individual look, the down-side is that on a standard site, the font is downloaded on each page view.

As the font can take a little time to download, the page text is loaded first and then the font is replaced once it has finished downloading which (especially on slow connections) leads to a flash of unformatted text (sometimes described as FOUT flash of unformatted text).

There are a few tutorials which explain how to stop the text displaying until the font has finished downloading, but I feel this is against the readers interests as ultimatley they are there to read the text, however it looks.

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301 Redirect Each Page of Site to New Domain Address

To redirect all pages from http://www.olddomain.com to http://www.newdomain.com in the domain root of your old domain create a .htaccess file and paste the following code, changing the domain name:

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Compress Favicon with Htaccess

Add MIME type and Expires Header to Favicon

Add these lines to your .htaccess file to speed up favicon loading, as specified by the Yahoo Yslow documentation.

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Leverage browser caching | Joomla Speed Tips

Enable Leverage browser caching for Joomla websites

If you use firebug with either the pagespeed or Yslow plugin, you’ll be familiar with the persistantly red, top warning of ‘Leverage browser caching’ (‘Add Expires Headers’ with Yslow)

This can be quite simple to fix by adding the following lines at the bottom of your .htaccess file.

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How does Article Marketing Affect your Website?

I’ve been working for a search engine optomization company for many years now. I still see the whole process offered by many companies as a little bit shady.

At the end of the day, nobody can make a search engine do what ever they want. You can’t pay google to move you up higher in the rankings, nor can you know exactly how they work. In this way SEO is always experimental, so beware of any company that guarantee top 10 rankings. They cannot guarantee anything that they are not in full control over, if your site can move to front page searches in a matter of weeks then it’s likely that you can do it yourself with little time and effort.

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Get Your Joomla Website Images Indexed by Google

Google, Bing, Yahoo and all search engines are instructed not to index photos from a default installation of Joomla.With the advent of blended search results, why would you not want your images to be indexed and shown alongside your site in Search Engine Result Pages (SERPS)?

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Joomla | Rewrite Xmap URL to /sitemap.xml SEF URL

Xmap is a great automatic sitemap generator for the joomla content management system.

It produces HTML (For your users) XML (for search engines) and news (Please fill me in!)

The URL’s to these sitemaps however are not so search engine friendly.

 

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