Thanks for the suggestions.
I think we should, where possible, raise trac tickets and enhance svn with changes, so
everyone will benefit.
See my comments below
[mailto:email@example.com]On Behalf Of Tom
Sent: 09 January 2007 13:11
To: OpenGuides software developers' list
Subject: Re: [OGDev] Fun SEO tricks wanted
Agreed that some URL writing amazon style would be worthwhile, ditto
inward linking from other sites with high page-rank. Some other
suggestions from me would be:
1. Page order matters. In the standard templates the actual page
content doesn't start until halfway through the source code. The rest
of the stuff above that is just the standard navigation that appears
on the right in many Guides, such as Recent Changes. This ordering
should ideally be swapped in the templates, with page content first,
following by any generic stuff. Obviously the actual positioning of
the elements visually can be done with CSS. At the moment we have the
worst of both worlds(*): content positioned on the left, but actually
further down in the code than the stuff that's positioned on the
* actually London has this sorted - credit where credits due ;)
Raised ticket #170: http://dev.openguides.org/ticket/170
2. Titles Attributes on Links. Especially for things like Categories
and Locales. This should be a 1minute hack, and can't do any harm.
Raised ticket #171: http://dev.openguides.org/ticket/171
3. Inter-guide Linking. Not even anything fancy like
guides, but maybe even just links in footers to other guides nearby.
We all have good pagerank, so lets use it.
This is ticket #76: http://dev.openguides.org/ticket/76
4. Working the Metatags even further. At the moment the contents of
our (as in the OGMK) description tags is pretty sparse, and wholly
dependent on the contents of the "Description of this node" field.
Pumping the first 150 chars of the article content into the
description metatag after whatever the "description of this node"
field contains, would give search engines more to go on.
This is what the page summary is for, no?
5. More site-wide navigation. I like what OGL has done
category-style navigation on the Node List pages. Something like this
on every page would be great from a SEO and usability perspective.
This is probably guide specific. However, if someone could think of a generalised
way of doing it, we could ship a suitable navbar template.