SEO for DotNetNuke – Title Tags, Meta Descriptions and Canonical URLs

By | March 7, 2020

Hello, everyone! I am Brian Walker from 5
Stones Media. Today I want to talk about Search Engine Optimization and DotNetNuke. A lot of people up here are saying that DotNetNuke
is not a good platform for search engine optimization. I have got sites for my clients that will
prove them very wrong. Out of the box, it is a bit lacking, there is a couple of issues
with it but these are things that can be easily taken care of. It’s no different from, say,
WordPress. WordPress, out of the box, does not have a lot of the features included that
you need. You have to add in plug-ins like Yost or All-in-One SEO. I use both platforms
in my business. We build websites in DotNetNuke and WordPress. I personally prefer DotNetNuke.
I know I am going to get some haters for that comment. I am sure that we will get plenty
of comments on the video about that, possibly on the blog too and you can express your opinion.
I am fine with that. The video today is going to be broken into
two parts. Part 1 is going to be basic search engine optimization in DotNetNuke. What you
would do with DotNetNuke kind of out of the box, it’s when you are not aggressively doing
search engine optimization if you are in a field that’s not really competitive. I do
have some clients that we have just simply added some title tags and letter descriptions
to their website and they are doing great because they are not in a really competitive
industry. If you get into something more competitive, say, you are an attorney or specialty things
like real estate or if you just have competition that’s fighting for that top spot in Google
and you need to beat them, then there are things that you are going to need to build
your website. Those things are going to come in part 2 of the video. Part 1, I am going
to talk about things like your title tags, your meta descriptions, keywords, and canonical
URLs. Part 2, we are going to get a little more advanced. Let’s go ahead and dive in. What we are looking at here is the 5 Stones
Media website. It is a DotNetNuke website. It is built in DotNetNuke Version 7, that’s
one of the earlier versions, it’s 7; we will be updating because they just released 7.1
which has some nice features when it comes to search engine optimization. This is the
homepage. If you go to your pages and then page settings, then you will see here where
you add your title tags and your meta description. Up here where it says “Page Name”, this is
what is going to show in your navigation; this is the tab name or the name in the menu.
Right here this is your page title. If you look up here at the top left of the screen,
you will see when I hover over this, you see your page title. That is one of the very important
parts of search engine optimization is getting good page titles in. You want to have your
keywords in there. It is also what people see when they are doing a Google search and
I will give you an example here. We will just search for “Web design Hammond
LA” and you will see in your organic search results here. The title tag is what shows
up right here where it says “5 Stones Media LLC., Web Design Hammond LA” and the meta
description is what’s going to show up right here in the black text. So, you want to put
in a good page title that includes your keywords, you want to have a meta description that also
has your keywords. These are very easy things to do. You can do these for each individual
page of your website. And as far as keywords go, it is best practice now to not use keywords
at all. All of the major search engines have come out and said that they do not use the
keyword tag anymore for producing search results. The other thing that you are going to want
to consider especially if you are using DotNetNuke out of the box is to use something that they
call canonical URLs and a canonical URL is a little snippet of code that would be in
the head of your website, in the head tags and basically it says “This is the URL that
I want to use for this page. I don’t care what URL you used to get to the page. This
is the one that I want to be used to represent this page” and in DotNetNuke, the place where
you would put that is you can go to pages and page settings and, go to your advanced
settings tab and then right here under page header tags. You are going to want to put
this canonical URL and this little snippet of code will be in the video description and
also in the description on the blog on our website. So, you can copy that and put that
into your pages. Now, right here of course you are going to
want to change this out to be your own domain name and you are going to want to use this
on almost every page of your website. There are a couple of exceptions to where
you don’t want to use this on your website. You are not going to want to use this on your
blog page and I will tell you why. On the blog page, you are going to be using a module
and that module is going to open up all of your blogs basically on that same page. Now,
it will be a different URL but it’s the same page of the website. DotNetNuke does not create
a new page for every one of these blogs that get entered. In users, in my case,
and I will show you if I click here, the module just builds the URL, it makes it blog/ and
then the rest of the URL, in this case it’s the blog title. The problem is that if only
my blog page I put a canonical URL, then it would show that canonical URL code on every
single one of my blog posts and we don’t want that because if you do that, then the search
engines are not going to index all of these other pages. The one that are going to index
is going to be or whatever the canonical URL is that you have in there.
So, be very careful depending on the module that you have on the page about using canonical
URLs. You want to use them on all of your pages of your website but if you have a blog
and then, like in our case, under ‘Workshops’ we have a calendar and that calendar has many
different events on it. It’s the same thing. We don’t want canonical URLs because we want
all of the events from that page to be indexed by the search engines. The other thing that you want to do is you
want to use your H1 tags. Now, the H1 would be the header on the page like this right
here. This would be an H1 tag. Now, in most cases, you are going to want to have your
keyword in your H1 but you also want your website to make sense to people and not search
engines. So, if it makes sense to get your keyword into your H1, then definitely do that.
Also, it’s good practice to only have one H1 tag per page of your website. So, these are the very basic things of search
engine optimization in DotNetNuke. We are approaching 10 minutes now. So, I am going
to go ahead and cut this video. In Part 2 we are going to talk about some of the advanced
things that you really need to do if you want to really rank well in the search engines.

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