Joomla SEO Plugins for the WordPress Graduates

May 25, 2012   //   by AmandaDi   //   SEO  //  14 Comments

Although WordPress is still amongst the most popular program to create a website, Joomla is gaining speed. Joomla sites allow for easier customization and are considered easier to use than WordPress, so more and more websites are beginning to get creative and try something new. Unfortuately, while Joomla may have content management and usability down, it lacks when it comes to SEO. WordPress does a good job of helping users customize a website for search engines right at the start, but Joomla requires users to install a plugin.

Joomla plugins work in the exact same way as WordPress plugins—you download the plugin and then click “install” once you are in the admin section of your blog or website. It doesn’t take long to download a plugin, but there are quite a few different choices.

Most Popular Joomla SEO Plugins

Joomla plugins are not nearly as discussed as WordPress plugins, so it’s important to really do your research before making your decision. Different plugins work well with different SEO skills and different SEO levels. Below lists five of the most popular Joomla plugins:

1.     Smart SEO is all about the Meta data: Great for Beginners

This is probably the most well known plugin for a Joomla site. The plugin is great for beginners because you can navigate around your website and make changes to titles, descriptions, and Meta tags right there on the page. A bar will appear at the top of the screen and let a user know which fields still need to be filled in; thus helping walk a beginner through the process.

2.     SEO Pagination is all about page titles: Great for Beginners

This plugin puts a focus on creating unique titles for pages. Being that duplicate content is one of the most important things to avoid when it comes to SEO, this is a great plugin for beginners who aren’t used to creating unique titles. It’s easy to use and great for websites that have a lot of different categories.

3.     Joom SEO will help you save time automatically: Great for Beginner to Intermediate

If you think you might know a little bit about SEO but are not sure, this is a great plugin. This plugin will automatically create your Meta data for you to help save you time. Most SEO experts will recommend checking this data, which is why it helps to understand a little bit about SEO, but in general the plugin has good reviews and seems to automatically create great Meta data for a website.

4.     Sh404SEF incorporates Google analytics and social sharing: Great for Intermediates

This plugin takes things a step further by offering Google analytics and social tracking to help make SEO decisions. It’s important that you understand how to read analytics and reports in order to take full advantage of this plugin, but it is said to have great customer service.

5.     Unicode Slugs SEF is for the person who loves fancy features: Great for the Advanced

This plugin allows a user to add in punctuation and different types of characters to a URL, which can help make sure your site is unique (and these types of characters are just as easy for Google to fine!). Definitely a plugin for someone who really understands SEO.

Although creating a Joomla site may be overwhelming if you are used to WordPress most find (myself included) that it is actually very intuitive. However, it needs some help in the SEO department. Installing SEO plugins should be the first thing that you do when you get create to publish content on your site.

Do you use any particular Joomla plugins? Which have worked for your website and which have not? Let us know in the comments!

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  • biobank says:

    For the wordpress graduates the joomla seo plugins play a crucial role when creating a website in joomla. So this is a very useful post for the website creators.

  • marc says:

    I’m not really familiar with Joomla plugins. I’m new in this world. I’m more comfortable using wordpress.

  • DynnaLou says:

    this is the first time I have heard about Joomla and I guess this is a great help and a great information to be shared for us.. Thank you for the help..

  • Rinky says:

    Most joomla themes are not compatible with onpage SEO so these are great tool for onpage SEO. Thanks for sharing them all here.

  • Crystal says:

    Joomla plugins is truly great, thanks for sharing with us an additional knowledge to know it better… Two thumbs up!

  • Cinny says:

    I’m not really familiar with Joomla plugins, but you shared with us a fruitful ideas why should I linked on this… Thanks! :D

  • jennifer says:

    Joomla plugins is a valuable things that provide a huge satisfaction at my stuff, thanks for sharing…

  • MaryPablate says:

    Thanks for letting me know these plugins, I was not aware of these really, I use WordPress and use some popular plugins like All-in-One-SEO, content filter, advertisement management etc but I’m a little new to Joomla..

  • cool plugins. Do you call wordpress a ‘program’ as you said above or a web application/software/cms. ‘program’ doesn’t sound right :-)

  • Ray says:

    If there is a decent plugin for SEO whether it is Joomla or any other script they tend to be one of the first things I check out. It seems like plugins and modules vary in quality and sometimes even price from one to the next. Obviously I look for the decent free ones first.

  • AmandaDi says:

    Thank you everyone so much for commenting! Joomla is really great for those who want something different than WordPress, but WordPress also has a bunch of great plugins for SEO. I think Ray is on to something when he says that he always checks out the SEO plugins first :) Thank you all for reading and don’t hesitate to ask my any questions!

  • Joseph says:

    Great post, this will surely help Joomla designers. Am also planning to learn Joomla.

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  • Jamy Hoster says:

    WP with joomla its cool seems to be as there are many other plugins for seo now a days very famous in market but with great information and review you have write many thing.