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# Thursday, 14 February 2013
Thursday, 14 February 2013 10:29:23 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00) ( SEO Checker | Umbraco )

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It took a few months of development but I’m glad to finally announce SEO checker V1! If you haven’t done already you can read previous blogposts about this package or watch the screencasts about SEO checker. I think it’s a package every site should have installed, when building sites for clients. I have followed the #umbraco tag on twitter for more than a year and have seen most sites that are released contain SEO issues.  When those sites had SEO Checker installed it would have warned you before putting the site live. So I hope you will at least download SEO checker and check you sites on localhost before putting it live.

Using SEO Checker for content editors

There is one big feature the previous blogposts didn’t cover and that is using SEO Checker for content editors.SEO Checker comes with a Data Type that can be added to document types. The SEO Checker Data Type will show a Snippet preview how the page will be shown  in the Google search results. If you are using a relevant  Title and Meta Description Google will use these in the search results. Therefore these elements are important.

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It’s possible to specify a focus keyword, this is the keyword you want to rank the page for, use the Keyword tool icon to get help selecting the keywords you want to rank the page for.  SEO Checker will validate if the keyword can be found in the most important elements of the page:

  • Page Title (H1)
  • Url
  • SEO Title (<title>)
  • SEO  Description (<meta name="description"…..)
  • At least once more in the text of the page

You can also specify the SEO Title, SEO Description and SEO keywords (when configured). The page will also be checked for other SEO Issues on the page.  See the documentation for a list of all validations.
The unpublished version of the page will be checked, this allows you to solve issues before publishing the page!

Configuration of the Data type

By default the SEO Checker data type will show a field for SEO title and description. If you already have those properties on your document type you can use configuration of the document type to map those .

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1.    Map SEO title against the existing SEO title property
2.    Map SEO keywords against the existing SEO keywords property
3.    Map SEO description against the existing SEO description property
4.    Use the keywords meta tag (Google and all major search engines ignore this meta tag).

Document type meta data configuration

Using default SEO Properties you can specify default values  for SEO Title and SEO description. When the page is missing the SEO title or description info these mapped properties will be used.  The title will be copied. The description will take the first paragraph from the mapped property. This ensures you always have you meta tags filled. The validation process will validate if the tags are matching length criteria.

Title template

It’s also possible to specify a template for the SEO Title. This template will be used to render the <title> tag in snippet preview and on the page.The template can contain fixed text and placeholders, placeholders have the same syntax as you would use in Umbraco Macro’s:

  • [#Property alias ] will get the property from the current document
  • [$property alias] recursive look up the property

The following fixed properties can be used in the template:

  • @nodeName contains the name of the page
  • @seoTitle contains the value of the SEO title property

When using the above template configuration the <title> tag will be rendered as:

<title>Simple website | Simple website &#169; 2013</title>

Use Metadata inside your template

SEO Checker comes with a small library to render Meta Tags in HTML. This is only necessary when you use the SEO Checker data type. You can use the library in Razor, XSLT and usercontrol macro’s. The library can be used in both MVC and Masterpage mode. To render the metatags for the current page in razor simply use:

This will render all metatags for the page like this:

<title>Using Modules | SEO Checker</title>
<meta name="description" content="Umbraco modules encapsulate specific bits of advanced functionality that are easily added to your website." />
<meta name="robots" content="index, follow" />
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8" />

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