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SEO Drupal Best Practice - Part 1 of 2

In this post I’m going to take a look at some of the modules available to improve your Drupal Search Engine Optimisation .  The aim here is to make a Drupal SEO Checklist for new installations and how to install those modules ; there are plenty more tools as well which I’ll add some links for further reading links for at the bottom.

The Drupal 7 Essential SEO tools

  1. XML Sitemap  [XML Sitemap]  - create an automatic XML site map to submit to search engines.
  2. Metatag [Metatag] - control the meta tags on your Website.
  3. Mollom  [https://www.drupal.org/project/Mollom] - spam protection for comments and more.
  4. Pathauto [https://www.drupal.org/project/pathauto]  - auto create an SEO safe URL.
  5. Path Redirect [https://www.drupal.org/project/path_redirect] - creates proper SEO redirects for URLs
  6. SEO Checklist  [https://www.drupal.org/project/seo_checklist]  -  create a to-do list of modules and task that are needed to be done for  the best Drupal SEO practices.
  7. SEO Compliance Checker - [https://www.drupal.org/project/seo_checker] - The module performs a set of checks and gives feedback on compliance rules. 
     

Phew! Done, right, let's start installing them. 

1. Sitemap XML 

Grab Sitemap XML then once unpacked it includes these modules:
 

  • XML sitemap
  • XML Sitemap custom
  • XML sitemap engines
  • XML sitemap menuCome
  • XML sitemap node
  • XML sitemap taxonomy
  • XML sitemap  user
  • XML Sitemap Internationalization
     
  1. Enable all of these modules.
     
  2. From here to add to the sitemap - Drupal 7 xml sitemap inclusion change to do this you need to Go to the menu items for example ; click on ‘edit menu’ and add to xml site map.

    And for Content  > for Structure > Content > YOUR CONTENT > edit >   In the bottom box the last tab should be ‘XML sitemap'

    Installing Drupal Sitemap XML module - first screen
    Installing Drupal Sitemap XML module - second screen

     
  3. Add the other links you want to followed and spidered for our XML Sitemap
     
  4. The site map will be created on the next CRON .  Or you can run a manual one from 


2. Meta Tag Module 
 

After grabbing Drupal 7 Metatag Module and unpacking it, you should find it comes with these modules: 

  • Metatag
  • Metatag: Context
  • Metatag: Facebook
  • Metatag: Google
  • Metatag: Twitter Cards
  • Metatag: Views
  • Metatag: Devel
  • Metatag: OpenGraph

After Enabling for example if you want to change Frontpage text go to .

> Condiguration > Search and Metadat > Metatg . > Under 'Global' > 'Global: Front Page' - use Override

How to add a Metadata default for pages like portfolio or blog 

  1. Go to admin/config/search/metatags
  2. Click on ‘Add a Metatag default’
  3. Select your category from the drop down box.

    Configuring the meta tag module - screen one
     
  4. Add your data

    Configuring the meta tag module - screen two

     
  5. SAVE

    Configuring the meta tag module - screen three

Note: if you have found that Drupal Metatag Module has missed something and there are pages you need to target then you could add a metatag to your header programmatically if needed. 

Take a look at this code as an example.   

$path_alias = drupal_get_path_alias();

if ($path_alias == 'blog'){
  $meta_head_blog = array(
    '#type' => 'markup',
    '#markup' => '<meta name="title" content="Drupal website and app development blog - flowmoco"><meta name="description" content="For the latest posts about web development using Drupal that we use for our enterprise projects, check out our flowmoco blog for news and views.">',
  );
  drupal_add_html_head($meta_head_blog, 'metaHeadBlog');
} 

3. Mollom

After grabbing this Spam Protection Module you need to do the following:

  1. Sign up for a Mollom account on their website at https://www.mollom.com/
  2. Add the form you want to protect in Mollom>configuration  .  > admin/config/content/mollom
  3. Click on 'Add Form'   

    Configuring the Mollom plugin

...and relax. That's the first part done, get ready for part two, coming next week. 

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