Last week we published a blog post about contributed modules in June, and today we’re going to be more specific. So let’s look at some module examples that will optimize your website!
Recently, the importance of search engine optimization (SEO) has increased significantly. And it’s not a secret that Drupal is the best CMS for search engine optimization. But what is the recipe for success? Drupal’s functionality can be extended with the help of SEO Drupal modules and move your web-resource to the top results of search engine results page. The Drupal community has contributed lots of handy modules to optimize your website. So discover how you can improve your SEO with these effective modules.
Drupal SEO Modules for Website Optimization
- Pathauto. This is probably one of the most downloaded Drupal modules, because it saves your time and generates URLs without requiring the user to manually specify the path alias. The Pathauto module automatically creates URL/path aliases for various types of content: nodes, taxonomy terms, and users. Let’s say you are publishing a blog post with the title “Who is a Drupal Developer,” Pathauto will make a URL that reads “blog/who-drupal-developer” for you.
- Metatag. One of the ways to improve the rankings and display of a site in search engine results is to use metatags. Take control of your metatags (page title, description, and keywords) with the Metatag module. User can set default meta tags for the entire site or for just individual pages. So go ahead and try this out on your Drupal site.
- Search 404. The search 404 is a module recommended by SEO Checklist to help in search engine optimization. Using the search 404 module, you will be able to handle 404 page errors on your website effortlessly. If the user enters a URL that takes him to a 404 page, he will be navigated to the internal site search with the related term in the URL. It resembles a navigator which guides the user, and engages visitor with further content on your web page.
- Content Optimizer. Content Optimizer allows you to increase your site’s search engine rankings by improving your on-page optimization factors. This module quickly analyzes any site content, and provides you with statistics and recommendations concerning optimization. To put it simply, it gives you a specific idea about how SEO friendly your site is.
- SEO Checklist. This creates a functional to-do list of modules and tasks you need to install to improve onsite SEO. Drupal’s SEO Checklist also keeps track of what has already been done. It places a date and time stamp next to each item when you click save.
- Drupal SEO Tools. This is a quite a handy mix of SEO tools in a form of a dashboard that covers a number of SEO functions like keywords, titles, tags, paths, redirects, Google analytics, etc. It also comes up with a number of convenient modules to make full use of the set.
- Menu Breadcrumb. If you use a breadcrumb menu line on the top of your website, you’ll kill two birds with one stone. First, the user will know the navigation hierarchy and second, an anchor text in the breadcrumb will give an internal link to the relevant URL.
- Links Checker. Broken links create negative user experience as well as impact your traffic and Drupal website health. You’ll need a module like Links Checker to specify failed results which you need to fix.
- Site Verification. If you want to make sure that search engines are properly crawling and indexing your site, you have to verify it (simply upload a html file or add meta tags). The Site Verification module handles the verification process of your website. If you use it with xml sitemap, your website content will be indexed and up to date for the search engines.
- Google Analytics. This tool offers a variety of features: analyzing website traffic, determining what channels visitors come through, creating reports concerning advertising campaigns, creating and tracking goals and events, and generating custom reports on a website. It is the best free analytic software to integrate with your website.
- Mollom. The Mollom module helps us detect if a post is potentially spam. Mollom is like a human moderator who decides what posts are acceptable. Therefore, Mollom enables you to allow anonymous users to post comments and other content on your site.
- Page Title. Page Title allows you to take control of the node, and creates whatever title name you want. By setting patterns for the title, you can create unique and relevant titles for the content.
- Schedule. This module lets posts be published on a given date or to be unpublished later. You can set time spans for the blog posts, or choose the time that when there are the most visitors on your site for the content release. The Schedule module is very handy and valuable for content marketing & SEO.
- RobotsTxt. The robots.txt file must be configured, since it defines what pages crawlers should index. The RobotsTxt module is very convenient for this, since it generates the robots.txt file and gives you the chance to edit it.
- Xml sitemap. Your website definitely needs a xml sitemap, as it is a guide for your website. It makes it easy for search bots to crawl and index the website, and keep their results up to date. Xml sitemap automatically generates sitemap, which saves you time and efforts.
If you install these SEO modules, you will solve many problems that you might encounter when optimizing your website. Our friendly Drudesk team can help you with any issue concerning your Drupal website and Drupal modules.