How To Change Title in Joomla
Hello Joomla User! Are you doing some SEO on your website? You’ve learned that you need to setup your title tags, haven’t you?
What we are talking about here, is Onsite SEO. This has gotten a lot simpler over the years, as long as you produce quality content. If your content is amazing, then there are just a few simple things you need to setup, and Google will consider your page for ranking.
Each page of your website needs to be titled. The title should clearly describe what the page is about. Naturally, your title will contain the main keywords for the page, because the keywords represent that you will find on the page. Don’t overdo it with keywords.
The title of each page tells people, as well as Google, what the page is about. If the title doesn’t match what is on the page, Google will remove your page from its listings. If the title DOES match the page, and if the page is the best page on the internet for that topic, Google’s whole purpose is to display your website on top.
When you look at Google, the top line of each listing, in blue, is the title. When a page of your website ranks on Google, the title you choose for your page will be displayed here.
In a moment, I’ll demonstrate how to change your title in Joomla. In addition to the Title, it’s also easy to write a description for the page. This is similar to the title in that it describes the page, but you can go into a little more detail here.
This is where the description shows up on Google. Most search engines only show the first 160 characters of your description, so just know that if you make it real long; everything beyond 160 won’t be seen.
It’s also important to have a Search Engine Friendly URL for each page of your website.
You’ll notice that this is the URL for this page, is clean and contains the title or keywords for this page. Make sure your URL for each page is clean like this, and doesn’t have any questions marks, weird characters, or unreadable numbers and letters.
The last 2 things I’ll mention are Internal Linking which is important, and the Keyword Metatag, which is not important. Internal linking means you have links within your website, such as a menu item, or wording within your content, that links to the page you are working on. This reinforces to Google the importance of your page, and what it’s about.
Now, I mentioned that the Keyword Meta tag is not important. In the early days of SEO, this is all you had to do, but people quickly began to abuse the system, and would keyword stuff their websites, so Google mostly just ignores the keyword Meta tag now. It can hurt you if you put the wrong keywords in there, or put in too much, so I recommend just leaving it blank.
Again, all of that can be controlled from the menu item, and as you just saw, it’s not too complicated. Now remember, in order for your page to rank on Google, it needs to be the best online for that topic. When it’s the best, then this is all the onsite SEO you’ll need.
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