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Table of Contents
1. Extension Description ........................................................................................4
2. Extension Installation .........................................................................................5
3. SEO Templates for Product/Category/AW Blog Pages .................................... 6
3.1 Extended Product SEO Templates ............................................................. 6
3.2 Extended Category SEO Templates ............................................................ 9
3.3 Extended SEO Templates for AheadWorks Blog Pages ............................ 13
3.4 Additional Extended SEO Templates Settings ........................................... 15
4. Solving Duplicate Content Issues (with rel=canonical tag) ..............................16
4.1 Rel=canonical for product/category pages ................................................. 16
4.2 Rel=canonical for Layered Navigation/Reviews Pages............................... 18
4.3 Cross-Domain Canonical URL
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4.4 Trailing Slash for Canonical URLs/XML Site URLs .................................... 20
4.5 Ignoring Pages for Canonical URL Settings ............................................... 20
5. Search Engine Indexation Instructions ............................................................ 22
6. HTML and XML SITEMAPS ............................................................................24
6.1 HTML Sitemap ...........................................................................................24
6.2 XML Sitemap ............................................................................................ 27
7. SEO for Category/Reviews/Layered Navigation Pages ...................................33
7.1 Category Pages Optimization .................................................................... 33
7.2. Product Reviews Page Optimization ....................................................... 35
8. Extended Rich Snippets .................................................................................. 38
9. Alternate URLs/ Hreflang tag ........................................................................... 48
10. SEO Reports .................................................................................................. 51
11. SEO Cross Linking ........................................................................................ 53
12. SEO Redirects ............................................................................................... 59
13. SEO Breadcrumbs .........................................................................................61
14. Support .........................................................................................................63
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1. Extension Description
SEO Suite Ultimate Magento extension effectively handles a wide scope of onpage search
engine optimization activities.
Extended SEO templates are designed to help you manage a big amount of
important SEO data. Templates can be created for product or category name,
meta title and meta descriptions, meta keywords, URL key, Magento Product
descriptions, product images’ alt values and others. Also, you can create SEO
templates for your AW blog attributes: titles, categories, images, tags, etc. Setting rel=canonical tag allows you to resolve duplicate content issues on
various types of pages (product, category, reviews, etc.); robots meta tags and
an advanced robots.txt file editor lets you set the correct indexation instructions
for search engines.
Advanced sitemap functionality will let you easily generate and adjust HTML
and XML sitemaps. An HTML sitemap (for site visitors) conveniently displays all
your store links in one place in a hierarchical structure; an XML sitemap (for
search engines) helps Google better crawl and index your site pages. Both
sitemaps are fully-compliant with all the latest search engine requirements.
SEO Suite Ultimate Magento extension has a bunch of features designed to
optimize pages of secondary importance, including: category, product reviews
and layered navigation, pages. The extension equips them with SEO- and userfriendly URLs, dynamic titles and meta descriptions and more.
Extended rich snippets functionality lets you enhance your site search visibility
and CTR. The extension helps you optimize your general website markup data,
manage this data in breadcrumbs, on product, category, CMS pages; optimize
Twitter Cards and Facebook posts.
Alternate URLs/ hreflang tag support for multi-lingual and multi-regional
websites. This functionality will help you inform Google which version of your
website should be shown in which country. Thus, you will avoid duplicate
content issues, and the search engine will deliver the relevant language version
of your translated pages to the targeted foreign audience.
And finally, SEO Suite Ultimate SEO lets you build internal and external crosslinks and reports provide a coherent account on any onpage site issues that
may be hampering your SEO progress.
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2. Extension Installation
To install the extension, please follow the steps below:
1. Disable the Compilation Mode (if enabled).
2. Enable Magento cache (if disabled).
3. Log out from Magento Admin panel.
4. Unpack the contents of the Extension folder from the package file purchased from
MageWorx to your Magento root folder.
5. Log into Magento Admin Panel.
6. Go to the System - Cache Management section, select Refresh under the All Cache
drop-down menu and press the Save Cache Settings.
7. You can run the Compilation mode back if necessary (not enabled but run it)
8. Now go to System - Configuration - MageWorx tab - Extensions & Support section. If
you see SEO Suite Ultimate in the list of installed MageWorx extensions, the
installation is successful.
Installation to a custom template/theme
If you want to modify the extension’s templates, copy the its layout and skin files to your
custom template or theme. The folders that should be copied:
app/design/frontend/base/default/layout/
app/design/frontend/base/default/template/
skin/frontend/base/default/css/
skin/frontend/base/default/images/ You should copy them to:
app/design/frontend/<your-template>/<your-theme>/layout/
app/design/frontend<your-template>/<your-theme>/template/
skin/frontend/<your-template>/<your-theme>/css/
skin/frontend/<your-template>/<your-theme>/images/
Please note that all these folders already exist in your store and you have to merge them with
the folders on your server. Do not overwrite them.
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3. SEO Templates for Product/Category/AW Blog Pages
Manage a large amount of important SEO data with extended SEO templates:
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Create up to 12 different template types that savvily apply store attributes to make your
product/ category/ blog pages unique and search engine friendly.
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Create templates for any product/ category meta title, meta description, meta keywords and
other important SEO elements (e.g. product name, product images’ alt values, etc.)
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Optimise blog elements: page titles, categories, tags, images, etc.
3.1 Extended Product SEO Templates
To make a new Product SEO Template, jump to Catalog - Extended SEO Templates - For
Product. Then, hit the New Template button, specify the template type and choose a Store
View(s) the template should be applied to.
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At the next step, enter the template name and specify the template rule. For example, if you
want to optimize your product page meta titles, you may create this rule:
[name][ by {manufacturer|brand}][ ({color} color)][ for {price}][ in
{categories}]
That will transform your current product page titles into an SEO-friendly pattern like that:
iPhone 6 Plus for € 617.50 in Smartphones - Electronics
From here you can choose the template values to apply to and schedule its auto-applies
(using Mageto Cron).
Switch to the Products tab on the left. Here you can apply a new template to all products at
once, products grouped by a specific attribute, or individual product items.
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NOTE! There is only one combination "Template Type – Store View – Product" available for
the chosen Product. So Products assigned to different templates with the same conditions
are hidden from Product Grid.
After a template is created click the ‘Save’ button.
Next go to Catalog - Extended SEO Templates - For Product. Select the created template and
hit the Test Apply button. Thus, you will test the template before it gets applied.
To bulk apply an action to multiple Product SEO templates, select the templates you need to
mass apply/ change/ delete (under Catalog - Extended SEO Templates - For Product), click
the drop-down Actions on the left - choose an action - and hit the Submit button.
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3.2 Extended Category SEO Templates
To set up a new Category SEO Template, jump to Catalog - Extended SEO Templates- For
Category. After that, hit the New Template button, specify the template type and choose a
Store View(s) the template should be applied to.
Next, specify the template name and set the rule. For example, if you want to optimize your
category page meta titles, you may create this simple rule:
[category],[website_name]
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That will transform your current category pages titles into something like that:
Women’s Sportswear - FashionLook.Com
From here you can choose the values the template to apply to and schedule its auto-applies.
Switch to the Categories tab on the left. Here you can choose to apply a new template to
individual categories, all categories at once, or a category tree.
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You can use the randomizer feature in the templates to diversify content on similar product
or category pages. Use the following construction:
[X||Y||Z]
where X,Y and Z are words with similar meaning that will be picked randomly. Also,
randomizers can be used within other templates variables.
NOTE! There is only one combination "Template Type – Store View – Product" available for
the chosen Category. So Products assigned to different templates with the same conditions
are hidden from Product Grid.
After a template is created click the ‘Save’ button.
Next go Catalog - Extended SEO Templates - For Category. Select the created template and
hit the Test Apply button. Thus, you will test the template before it gets applied.
To bulk apply an action to multiple Category SEO templates, select the templates you need
mass apply/ change/ delete (under Catalog - Extended SEO Templates - For Category), click
the drop-down Actions on the left - choose an action - and hit the Submit button.
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To add the [subcategories] variable to the SEO meta templates, go to Catalog - SEO
Extended Templates - For Category and hit the Category Meta Description tab.
This is how the settings works:
Without subcategories:
With subcategories:
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3.3 Extended SEO Templates for AheadWorks Blog
Pages
To make a new SEO Template for blog posts, jump to Catalog - Extended SEO TemplatesFor AW Blog Pages. Next, hit the New Template button and specify the template type.
You can create templates for blog post titles, meta descriptions and meta keywords.
Then specify the template name and set the rule. For example, if you want to optimize your
blog post titles, you may set up this simple rule:
[title][ by {poster}][ on {update_time/created_time}][ in {categories}]
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That will transformed your current category pages titles into something like that:
7 Things that May Ruin Your International SEO Campaign by Vitaly Gonkov on
02 JULY 2015 in SEO, International SEO Tips
Under these settings you can choose the values the template to apply to and schedule its
auto-applies.
Switch to the Blogs tab on the left. There you can choose to apply a new template to all blog
posts, a selection of blog posts or an individual blog post.
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3.4 Additional Extended SEO Templates Settings
Find more template settings under System - Configuration - Extended SEO Templates.
From here you can:
• choose a Product SEO Name to be used for product pages (if enabled, Product SEO
name will be displayed instead of the product name on the frontend - the feature is used to
optimize H1 tag on product pages)
• specify the number of items processed at a time when applying the chosen template
• cut meta title and meta description if they exceed the required limit
• enable email notifications in case something goes wrong with the template auto-apply
process
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4. Solving Duplicate Content Issues (with rel=canonical
tag)
Rel=canonical tag is a page level meta tag that is put in the HTML header to inform search
engines which URL is the canonical version of the page being displayed. It helps to prevent
any duplicate content issues and consolidate strength of your important site pages.
Check this page for more detail: Google guide to Using Rel=Canonical Tag.
You can specify canonical tags for various types of pages (product, category, layered
navigation, reviews pages) separately.
4.1 Rel=canonical for product/category pages
Go to System - Configuration - SEO Suite Ultimate - SEO Base to set the canonical tags
preferences.
Under these settings you can choose the root, the shortest or the longest category path for
product canonical URLs.
For example, you have a product in two different categories, meaning that it is accessible
under three different URLs:
www.website.com/product.html
www.website.com/category1/product.html
www.website.com/category2/subcategory1/product.html
With the extension you can specify which of the three to use as a canonical URL for all these
URLs.
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In addition, the extension allows selecting how the longest/shortest canonical URLs should
be defined. You can choose either to calculate a number of characters the URL contains or a
number of categories in the URL.
You set a category path for product pages.
NOTE! It’s recommended to use the categories in product paths only when you use category
names as keywords to promote your store products.
If it’s not the case, it’s better to remove categories from product URLs and keep your product
page URLs short. This physically removes the duplicates.
* You can also manually change the canonical tag for every product separately in the “Meta
Information” tab, when editing products.
With SEO Suite Ultimate you can specify the canonical tag for associated products for
configurable, grouped and bundle products separately.
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Thus, you may choose how the canonical tag should work for those associated products. It
can either point to the associated products (by default) or to their parent products.
The setting can be useful if the visibility of your associated products is set to Visible, and you
want to avoid duplicates with your main products.
4.2 Rel=canonical for Layered Navigation/Reviews
Pages
Go to System - Configuration - SEO Suite Ultimate - SEO Base and tweak the settings for
using rel=canonical tag for pages of layered navigation and product reviews pages.
The standard Magento has the setting “Canonical Tag for Pages Filtered by Layered
Navigation Leads to”, which defines which canonical tag the filtered pages will have. There
are 2 options available — Filtered Page and Current Category. SEO Suite Ultimate supports
both these options.
If the Filtered Page is selected, the canonical tag will point to the URL /apparel/l/color:black/
shoe-type:dress.html, when you filter by the color and the shoe-type.
If you select the Current Category, the canonical tag will point to the URL /apparel.html for
this case.
If at any of your stores Google have already indexed the URLs like /catalog/category/view/id/
147, our extension will create the correct canonical tag for them: /electronics/mobilephones.html
Use Pager Parameter in Canonical URLs allows you to add or remove the pager from the
canonical tag on the category pages.
Under System - Configuration - SEO Suite Ultimate - SEO Base you can set the product
canonical tag for reviews pages.
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Thus, by means of the canonical tag the reviews pages will be associated with the main
product page.
4.3 Cross-Domain Canonical URL
In case you have different domains within your Magento installation that have quite similar
content, it’s generally recommended to define the main website using a Cross-Domain
Canonical Tag.
In SEO Suite Ultimate that can be done under System - Configuration - SEO Suite Ultimate SEO Base. Here you can choose the main domain for the pages form other domains that
have identical content.
If you select the domain1, the canonical tags for other websites will be domain1/product.html.
This way, you will avoid duplicate content issues.
If you have a specific port added to your URLs, you can specify this port in the Add Canonical
URL Port setting. Thus, this port will be added to the canonical URLs as well.
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4.4 Trailing Slash for Canonical URLs/XML Site URLs
Under System - Configuration - SEO Suite Ultimate - SEO Base you can set adding a trailing
slash to the homepage canonical URL and the canonical URLs of other site pages (those that
don’t have html, .htm, .rss, .xml etc extensions).
This feature can be of great use if you use the trailing slash for some of your site URLs. By
enabling it for the canonical URLs, you will avoid any duplicate content issues with Google.
For example, if Google indexes www.example.com/category/ and www.example.com/
category as two separate pages, adding trailing slash in canonical URL will solve the
problem.
4.5 Ignoring Pages for Canonical URL Settings
Go to System - Configuration - SEO Suite Ultimate - SEO Base.
Here you can enter the the list of pages represented by Magento full action name into which
the Canonical Meta tag won’t be be added.
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This setting is strongly recommended for Search, Cart and Checkout pages.
Use Tools for SEO Suite extension — Show Action Name of Page to find the values for other
pages.
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5. Search Engine Indexation Instructions
To set search engine indexation instructions, go to System - Configuration - SEO Suite
Ultimate - SEO Base.
Here you can define which pages will be crawled and indexed, and which ones will be hidden
from search engine crawlers.
Using the For Attributes Combinations field you can set custom meta robots settings for a
single layered navigation attribute or their combinations.
Using Robots Meta Tags you can set indexation rules for HTTPS pages, pages without
content or any additional pages.
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With the Robots.txt editor you can specify how search engines crawlers should index your
store.
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6. HTML and XML SITEMAPS
With SEO Suite Ultimate you can generate an extended HTML sitemap and an advanced
XML sitemap.
The former one is intended for site visitors. It conveniently displays all your store links in one
place in a hierarchical structure. The latter one is designed for search engines, and helps
them better crawl and index your site pages.
Both sitemaps are 100% SEO friendly and fully-compliant with all the latest search engine
requirements.
6.1 HTML Sitemap
To configure an HTML sitemap, go to System - Configuration - SEO Suite Ultimate Extended HTML Sitemap.
By enabling the Show Stores settings, you will include the links to your Store Views sitemaps
into the main HTML sitemap.
If you want to display your store categories and products in the hierarchical order, enable the
Show Categories and Show Products settings. If your store has too many categories, you can limit the number of categories displayed in
your HTML sitemap — just set the maximum category depth level here:
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Also, from here you can exclude any of-out-stock products from being added to your HTML
sitemap.
SEO Suite Ultimate lets you use product URL to target category URL (if possible).
In case you have the same product(-s) in different categories and need to include such
products into all the appropriate sitemap categories, select the “Yes” option in the drop-down
menu. Thus, if store visitors click on such a product being on the sitemap page, they will get
to the correct category.
For example, you have one and the same product in 2 different subcategories:
www.website.com/category/subcategory1/product.html
www.website.com/category/subcategory2/product.html
With this setting being enabled, this product will be displayed in both subcategories in the
HTML sitemap. If store visitors click on any of these 2 links, they will get to the product page
with breadcrumbs Category – Subcategory1 or Category – Subcategory2.
To define a sorting order for your categories and products, just select one of the available
options here:
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Here you can enter meta title, meta description and meta keywords for your HTML sitemap
page (note that the meta data will apply to every store view).
Additionally, you can opt to include/ filter your CMS pages in the HTML sitemap, show/ hide
footer links and add any additional links.
Any additional links can be added here:
When you are done with all the settings, click the Save Config button and you will get such an
HTML sitemap page (will be available here: www.example.com/sitemap/):
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6.2 XML Sitemap
To configure an XML sitemap, go to System - Configuration - SEO Suite Ultimate - Extended
XML Sitemap.
From here you can schedule auto-generating of your Magento XML sitemap. Also, this is the
place where you may specify a user name and an email address a report will be sent to (the
report is sent when the procedure is complete or in case the process goes wrong).
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If this feature is enabled, an XML sitemap will be automatically regenerated with Magento
Cron once a day. NOTE! Magento cron should be set up properly to avoid errors. In the UNIX/BSD/Linux
systems you will need to add this line (or a similar line) to your Cron Tab:
Windows systems has a Scheduled Tasks service that is accessible from the Control Panel.
With SEO Suite Ultimate you can specify the frequency and priority for all pages added to
your XML sitemap.
The Priority of a certain URL defines relation of this URL to other URLs on your site. Valid
values range from 0.0 to 1.0. Note that this value does not affect page search rankings— it
only lets the search engines crawlers know which pages you deem most important.
The home page is also added in the XML sitemap with priority 1.
The Frequency indicates how often your certain files are changed. Note that setting
frequency to daily does not mean that web spider will visit it every day. It is just a means of
telling the search engine bot that this page is being updated on a daily basis.
It’s generally recommended to set the frequency to daily for product and category pages, and
to weekly for CMS and other pages.
With SEO Suite Ultimate you can set these 2 values for product, category, CMS pages,
additional links, as well as your Blog URLs, Fishpig Attribute Splash (Pro) Pages URLs.
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Also, under these settings you can:
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Set Product URL Length
Choose long, short or canonical tags to be included into your XML sitemap. We strongly
recommend to keep this setting default when using the canonical product URLs.
• Exclude Out of Stock Products
By enabling this feature, you will hide all the currently unavailable products from the XML
sitemap.
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Include Product Images
This setting lets you add your product images to the XML sitemap file.
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Include Alternate Hreflang URLs
Select ‘Yes’ to add pages with hreflang tag into your XML sitemap.
Additionally, you can
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enable a user-friendly XML sitemap preview,
specify the number of products processed at a time when generating a sitemap,
include product tag URLs.
On top of that, under System - Configuration - SEO Suite Ultimate - Extended XML Sitemap
you can:
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include additional links
add blog URLs
include Fishpig Attribute Splash Pages URLs
add Fishpig Attribute Splash Pro Pages URLs
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SEO Suite Ultimate supports of all available languages in XML sitemap. Go to the XML
main settings and disable the following option. When disabled all the specific characters in
the URLs will remain.
And finally, by enabling this setting, you can overcome the limits the search engines set for
XML sitemap files.
The point is that an XML sitemap file has a limit of 50,000 URLs and 50MiB per sitemap. The
extension lets you generate multiple XML sitemap files, with a Sitemap Index file serving as
an entry point.
Hence, no matter how many links your website structure contains, you can include all of them
into your XML sitemap, thus making it search engine friendly.
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When you are done with all the settings, click the Save Config button and you will get such an
XML sitemap:
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7. SEO for Category/Reviews/Layered Navigation Pages
When it comes to eCommerce SEO, it’s absolutely important to optimize all store pages
without an exception.
SEO Suite Ultimate lets you optimize not only main site pages but also the pages of
secondary importance. That includes category pages, reviews pages, and pages of layered
navigation.
7.1 Category Pages Optimization
To configure the category page settings, go to System - Configuration - SEO Suite - SEO
Extended.
With Optimized URLs For Product And Category Enabled setting you can optimize subcategory URLs by removing root parent category.
For example, original URLs: http://ex.com/apparel/women/shoes/, will transform into: http://
ex.com/women/shoes/
By enabling the Pager URL Format for Categories setting (in System - Configuration - SEO
Suite - SEO Friendly LN URLs), you will be able to create a pager URL format for paginated
pages.
If empty, the original URL format is used: /mobile-phones.html?p=2 -page[page_number] will transform URL into /mobile-phones-page2.html
/p/[page_number] will transform URL into /mobile-phones/p/2.html -[page_number] It is not recommended if categories or layered navigation filters end in "[0-9]": /laptop-series-3.html, /phones-60.html, etc. •
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The Add Pager Number to Meta Title setting (System - Configuration - SEO Suite - SEO
Extended) lets you add a page number to the meta title of a paginated page. You can put
the number at the end or at the beginning. Ex: Meta Title of Apparel | Page 3 Also, here you can add a Pager Number to Meta Description of a paginated page. You can
put the number at the end or at the beginning. Ex: Meta Description of Apparel | Page 3
Also, with SEO Suite Ultimate you can add the rel=next/prev tag — an effective means to
solve duplicate content issues that are triggered by pagination.
Google uses this tag to better index paginated pages. This tag points Google, where exactly
the 1st and the last pages are, and what page is a next or a previous one (check this link for
more detail).
SEO Suite Ultimate can easily add the rel=next/prev tag to the pagination. The setting can be
enabled under System - Configuration - SEO Suite - SEO Base.
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NOTE! if you don’t have thousands of products in a single category page, it’s recommend to
enable the Allow All Products per Page setting. That can be done in System - Configuration Catalog - Frontend.
This setting adds the ‘View All’ option to the ‘Show per page’ drop-down on the frontend. In
this case, the rel=next/prev tag will be automatically disabled and the canonical tag of the
paginated pages will point to the page with all the listings.
For more detail please check this article.
7.2. Product Reviews Page Optimization
To configure the settings for product reviews pages, go to System - Configuration - SEO Suite
- SEO Base. Here you can enable the Use Product Canonical Tag for Reviews Pages feature. It sets the
product page URL as a canonical tag of product reviews pages.
Under these settings you can enable Product Reviews Friendly URLs — it enables SEO
friendly URLs for all your product reviews pages.
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This is how your product reviews URLs will transform with this setting being enabled:
Before: http://seo-extensions.magentoext.com/review/product/list/id/27/
After: http://seo-extensions.magentoext.com/sony-vaio-vgn-txn27n-b-11-1-notebook-pc/
reviews
To optimize Layered Navigation Pages, go to System - Configuration - SEO Suite - SEO
Extended.
Here you can enable Extended Meta Title and Meta Description on category layered
navigation pages. By enabling this setting, you can dynamically generate meta title and meta
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Meta title and meta description can include a variety of different product attributes such as
product name, price, color, brand and others.
Ex: Phones, Price $300.00 and above, Color Silver, brand Nokia To enable Category Layered Navigation SEO-Friendly URLs – Tweak these settings under
System - Configuration - SEO Suite - SEO-Friendly LN URLs:
Under these settings you can specify the Navigation Identifier, choose to hide/ display
Attribute Names and Layered Navigation Separator.
This is what you will get in the end: http://example.com/computers/l/price:700-800
By tweaking the Canonical Tag for Category Layered Navigation settings (under System Configuration - SEO Suite - SEO Base) you can:
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disable the canonical tag on the pages of the layered navigation.
set it to point either to the filtered page
set the canonical tag to the category itself.
If you select the Filtered Page option, the canonical tag will point to /apparel/l/color:black/
shoe-type:dress.htm, when store visitors filter products by color and a shoe type.
If the Current Category option is selected, the canonical tag will point either to /apparel.html
(if All products per page are disabled in Magento settings) OR to /apparel.html?limit=all (if All
products per page are enabled). The latter is recommended in Google guidelines, and
ensures that search bots see all products within the category under the canonical URL.
NOTE! Don’t use the Current Category value if the Allow All Products per Page setting
(System - Configuration - Catalog - Frontend) is disabled. Also, you can overwrite this setting for each product attribute separately using the Canonical
Tag for Pages Filtered by Layered Navigation Leads to setting (Attribute - Frontend
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8. Extended Rich Snippets
To enable structured data markup, go to System - Configuration - MageWorx - SEO Suite
Ultimate - SEO Markup and select the Yes option in the Enable Markup dropdown.
Also, from here you can disable this functionality for all your pages at once. To do that, select
the No option in this menu and click Save to apply the changes.
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8.1 Markup Data for Website Info
Scroll down to the Website Info section.
This is the place where you can enable marking up your site with Open Graph, Twitter Cards
and other Markup tags to take control over how your website info appears in search results
and in social media.
Using these tags, you can create a more appealing visual presentation of your site on
Facebook, will enrich the standard tweets with additional content, media and links, and make
your site stand out in the search results.
Enable in Open Graph — enabling this
setting lets you deliver the highest quality
posts on Facebook. Adding Open Graph tags
to your store will help the Facebook Crawler
pick up the right title and description for the
shared page, as well as supply them with the
most suitable preview image.
Visit this page to learn more about the
way Open Graph tags work.
Enable in Twitter Cards — with this feature
you can provide a media-rich experience to
those who view your Twitter content.
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If enabled, the standard Tweet with your site URL will be transformed into the Summary Card
and accompanied with an additional title, an extra up-to-200 words description, and an
image.
Additionally, you can enter your Twitter name - it will be shown under the card’s title. The
feature comes useful if you share something under your company account, but want to let
your audience know who is posting.
Visit this page to learn more about Twitter Cards.
Enable Rich Snippets — the feature adds extra info about your store (a store name/
description) in the search results.
Also, the extension is capable of adding the search field (Sitelinks Search Box), so people
can search your website right from the search results page. Follow this link to learn more about this functionality.
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These are the settings you need to enable to add your website info and the onsite search
field:
IMPORTANT
Note that the website info will be added by the JSON-LD method.
Basically, JSON-LD is a data-linking format used for the embedding of markup data in a script
tag. The biggest advantage is that it lets you entirely separate the markup data from the
HTML code. So one doesn’t need to tweak the actual HTML elements, when using it.
Visit this page to learn more about JSON-LD Schema.Org method.
8.2 Optimizing Merchant (Seller) Info
The next group of settings lets you markup the seller info. You can select to show your
business type (according to Schema.Org), add a store name, description, and social links.
Additionally, you can add your personal details, such as a telephone number, fax and location
(state/ region, street, and ZIP code).
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The result will be the following:
8.3 Breadcrumbs Optimization
Scroll down to the next block of settings to optimize breadcrumbs for rich snippets.
Note that you can use different breadcrumbs optimization methods:
• HTML injection (by inserting tags right into the page code)
• Javascript (using the JSON-LD data-linking format)
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8.4 CMS Page Data Markup
Next, you may select enabling the Open Graph protocol and Twitter Cards for you CMS
pages.
8.5 Product Page Data Markup
In this block of settings you can optimize your site markup to display prices, reviews, ratings,
availability of your products. These values can be included in your Facebook posts, Twitter
Cards and search engine rich snippets.
NOTE! By default, the product entity will include the following attributes: product name,
preview image, rating, price, availability and website language.
The extension lets you notify Google of extra attribute to include into rich snippets. Such as:
• Category
• Color
• Manufacturer
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Brand
Model
Gtin
Weight
Dimensions
Condition
Under these settings you can choose which payment and delivery methods to include, add
SKU, and define best rating (numeric scale, such as 1 to 5 star).
NOTE! In case the best rating field is left blank, “5” is set by default.
If SKUs, payment and delivery methods are not chosen, the extension uses the default ones.
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8.6 Category Page Data Markup
Our extension marks up category pages in the way search engines understand. It includes
the list of items, and the basic product markup. It’s all is fully compliant with Google’s
guidelines and results in this type of rich snippets:
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Select the Yes option to enable rich snippets on category pages (note that the JSON: LD
method will be used in this case).
Additionally, if there is NOINDEX meta robots tag on some of your category pages (e.g.
layered navigation pages with applied filters), you can can hide markup tags there.
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To inform search engines about your special product offers, make sure you enable the Show
Product Offers option.
8.7 Events Data Markup
Events that meet Google’s policy guidelines may be eligible for Rich Snippets in search
results.
The extension lets you notify Google about the details of the organized public events, such as
a musical gig, exhibition, food fest, marathon, etc. Also, this functionality will be of great help
if you sell bus, ferry, airplane tickets.
To enable this functionality, please scroll down to the bottom of the Rich Snippet settings.
Also, from here you can select which attribute sets will be used in your rich snippet events.
Below, you can specify your event type (according to Schema.Org), best rating, description,
location, address, etc. attribute codes.
When done with the settings, click OK for the changes to take into effect.
IMPORTANT NOTICE
If you have optimized your data markup correctly, you will see how many pages the rich
snippets were detected on in your Google Webmaster Tools under Account – Optimization –
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9. Alternate URLs/ Hreflang tag
If you are running a multi-language store with the same content localized for different
languages, that may trigger duplicate content issues.
To avoid it, you need to inform Google that all these pages are just the alternate versions of
the original one.
The hreflang tag helps Google understand which version of your website should be shown in
which country. Thus, the search engine will deliver the correct language version of the site to
the targeted foreign audience. Also, Google won’t treat these localized pages as duplicates.
To enable this functionality in the extension, go to System - Configuration - SEO Suite
Ultimate -SEO Alternate URLs.
First, you need to specify the Alternate URLs Scope. It can be set as Website or as Global. In
the former case, the Alternate URLs work within one website only, in the latter one — the
Alternate URLs work between websites.
Next, you may dig deeper and specify what to set Alternate URLs for. They can be set for
categories, products and CMS pages.
Sometimes, you may need to configure your Magento site to make each Store View have a
different default language.
Say, you have two Store Views with English and Spanish default languages. By default, the
alternate URLs will use the codes of these languages, and you will get hreflang=”en” and
hreflang=”es”.
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However, in case you need to use a language that is different from the one currently set for
the Store View, you can disable the Use Language Code from Default Locale setting and
select the language for the alternate URLs manually:
You may also define a language for each Store View. To do that, just select the View option in
the Scope drop-down (located above the left configuration menu) and set the necessary
language.
Also, you may set the Store View default language under System – Configuration – General –
Locale Options – Locale.
In case you have one page for English speakers in Canada and the other page for your
audience for United States, it’s necessary to add a country code for the alternate URLs. Thus,
you will specify different countries for the pages in the same language.
Under System - Configuration - SEO Suite Ultimate -SEO Alternate URLs, you can disable
the ‘Use Country Code from Default Country’ feature and manually choose the country you
need.
Next, you need to set the X-default hreflang attribute for pages you haven’t created localized
content for.
This way you will inform the search engines that not localized pages doesn’t target any
specific country/ language and can be displayed to site visitors when no other page
corresponds to their queries.
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Localized CMS pages all have different IDs and most likely — different URL keys. That may
trigger the following issue: the system just won’t be able to define the localized versions of
the same page, and hence won’t add the alternate URLs.
To solve that, you need to connect pages of these type by means of ID, URL key or an
hreflang attribute.
That can be done under System - Configuration - SEO Suite Ultimate - SEO Alternate URLs.
To include all Alternate URLs into your XML sitemap, choose the ‘Yes’ option here (System Configuration - SEO Suite Ultimate - Extended XML Sitemap).
To overview all you Alternate hreflang settings, jump back to System - Configuration SEO Suite Ultimate - SEO Alternate URLs.
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10. SEO Reports
To check if there are some onsite issues that may be holding back your SEO progress, go to
Reports - SEO Reports.
From here you can generate SEO reports for Product, Category or CMS pages. The reports
will display all pages that have:
• long meta title and meta description tags
• duplicate meta title and meta description tags
Also, these SEO reports will help you find all pages that have empty meta tags.
To set the maximum length for meta title and meta description go to System - Configuration -
SEO Suite Ultimate - SEO Reports.
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Since 6.3.0 version it’s possible to track all duplicated product URL keys in the Products
Report.
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11. SEO Cross Linking
Cross Linking is a must-have to make an SEO-friendly eCommerce store. Our extension lets
you automatically link any keyword/ keyword phrase to any product and category pages.
By linking your pages this way, you will be able to drive more traffic to the promoted pages,
improve store navigation and user experience.
On top of that, a well-organized store structure will help you better index your store pages
and more effectively drive link juice to important target pages.
Additionally, you can link your product, category, CMS or AW Blog post pages to any relevant
external source.
11.1 Create/ Edit Cross Link Rule
To create a new Cross Link rule, go to Catalog - SEO Cross Linking - Cross Links and hit the
‘New Cross Links’ button in the right upper corner.
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This is the place where you can enter the list of keywords that will get equipped with links.
IMPORTANT! You should enter only ONE keyword/ keyword phrase per line.
For more advanced ways to add keywords for creating internal store links, follow this link.
Next, you need to specify the Link Title, select how your crosslinks will be opened (in the
same window, or in a new one) and choose the Store Views this cross link rule will be applied
to.
In the Reference drop-down you can specify the pages your internal store links will be linked
to. That can be specified by the Category ID and Product SKU.
Also, under this setting you can add any custom URL on your site, or any other external
source. Just note that Link without 'http[s]://' as customer/account/
will be converted to http[s]://(store_URL_here)/customer/account/; while a link with 'http[s]://'
will be added as it is.
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Next, you need to specify:
• Max Replacement Count per Page (this is the maximum # of times a the specified keyword
will get equipped with a cross link),
• Priority (defines the order in which your keywords will be replaced; 100 is the highest
priorty),
• enable/ disable adding cross links for the entered keywords on the fly.
When done, Switch to the Destination tab.
This is the place, where you can specify which pages the cross links should appear on. The
extension lets you add this type of links on product pages, category pages, CMS pages or
AheadWorks Blog pages.
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At the last step, click the Save button in the right upper corner to save all the settings.
IMPORTANT
For multiple keywords, you may use the Reduced Multisave Priority feature. It reduces the
keyword priority for every next keyword on the list (thus, the most important keywords appear
in the first place).
To enable it, just click the Save with Reduced Priority button in the right upper corner.
edit a Cross Link rule, just select it from the list and click on it.
To
11.2 General Cross Linking Settings
To tweak the general Cross Link settings, go to Catalog - SEO Cross Linking - Settings.
Alternatively, you can do that under System - Configuration - MageWorx - SEO Suite - SEO
Cross Links.
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From here you can enable the Cross Link functionality. If enabled, the CrossLinks will be
inserted on the fly on all the relevant pages. Also, Cross Links can be individually disabled for
any Product/Category page (in the pages Meta Information Tab).
Next, you can specify the total number of words that will be equipped with links on product,
category, CMS or AheadWorks Blog pages.
IMPORTANT
Here you set the default values that will be applied when adding new keyword rules.
Note that cross links placed on product and category pages can be displayed in the
description fields. As for the cross links places on CMS pages and AheadWorks Blog pages,
they can also be displayed in the content field but with the exception of the widget contents.
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Cross Links can NOT be created on the Homepage.
Scroll down to specify where keywords should be replaced with links on product pages. That
can be done either in the short product description field or in the text for standard product
description.
Also, under the General Cross Link settings you can set a row of the default values, such as:
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the default reference,
replacement count,
priority,
the default values for the destination tab,
and more.
And finally, under these settings, you can manage the Cross Link Grid columns.
At the end, click Save Config for the changes to take into effect.
Since 6.3.0 version it’s possible to disable cross links on specific CMS pages. In the Admin
panel go to CMS - Pages - choose the necessary page. Under the Meta Data tab, enable/
disable the “Exclude from CrossLinking” setting, according to your needs.
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12. SEO Redirects
When you delete the product, customers that use the direct link usually see a 404 page with
the error that leads nowhere. To override this problem you can create redirects that manage
to keep customers on your site. SEO Suite Ultimate allows you to do that and create redirects
to the product category or to the priority category.
To configure the SEO Redirects, go to Catalog - SEO Redirects - Settings and expand the
SEO Redirects section. From here you can enable or disable this feature.
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Redirect Type - defines the type of the redirect. You can choose between 301 Moved
Permanently or 302 Found pages.
Default Redirect To - allows you to select the destination of the redirect: product category or
priority category.
Time period (in days) to keep redirects on the website - is used to set a number of days
when the redirect should work. After this period customers will see the page with an error
again. You can choose from 30 to 365 days.
Next time you delete the product it will appear under Catalog - SEO Redirects - For Deleted
Products. Which means that a redirect is created for a certain period of time.
Under the Manage Deleted Product Redirects section you can enable or disable the redirect,
change the product or priority category, change the number of hits or permanently delete the
product from the redirects grid. Also, you can see all the request paths used for redirects.
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If a product belongs to multiple categories, then you may need to configure their priority. This
setting is optional and allows you to set the correct category to display for redirected
products. To configure their priority, go to Catalog – Manage Categories and define the
option's value.
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13. SEO Breadcrumbs
You can enhance the default Magento breadcrumbs with more advanced and flexible ones
from the SEO Suite Ultimate extension.
To configure SEO Breadcrumbs functionality go to Catalog - SEO Breadcrumbs - Settings.
Set the Use SEO Breadcrumbs option to Yes to enable the advanced breadcrumbs.
You can utilize the Use Category Priority option to use the prioritized categories for
breadcrumbs.
Then, you can specify the breadcrumbs Type:
❖ set default to use the default Magento breadcrumbs
❖ use shortest to utilize the shorten version of breadcrumbs (e.g. Store – Category –
Product)
❖ use longest to utilize the full version of breadcrumbs (e.g. Store – Category – Subcategory
1 – Subcategory 2 – Product)
Also, you can fill in a custom name of the breadcrumbs block.
To configure SEO Breadcrumbs priority for categories, go to Catalog - SEO Breadcrumbs Manage Breadcrumbs Priority for Category.
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From here you can specify a priority for each categories. Hit the Update button to save
changes. Breadcrumbs priority for categories is used when a product is assigned to multiple
categories. The category with higher priority will be shown in breadcrumbs.
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14. Support
NEED MORE SEO EXTENSIONS?
Take a look at other Mageworx SEO extensions for the Magento platform here.
GOT QUESTIONS?
MageWorx offers FREE lifetime support and updates for any extension developed for
Magento.
Need help with the extensions? Feel free submit a ticket from http://support.mageworx.com
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