How Does A Joomla Blog Compare With Wordpress For SEO?

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Hey Warriors,

I know that Google seems to LOVE WordPress blogs, and I hear it very often. I have setup a wordpress blog in the past and thought it was quite user friendly, and have nothing against it.

In general, however, I enjoy using Joomla, and am curious how using some of the Blog Layout options to create a Joomla blog compares with a stand alone WordPress blog?

I am no expert on SEO, and don't claim to be, just trying to figure out if creating a Joomla blog is in the same league as a Wordpress blog?

Thanks!

Randall
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  • I have a few sites that use Joomla and others that use WP. IMO wordpress is definitely the better choice if seo is your main goal. Joomla's seo friendly urls are quite buggy and must be activated where as WP automatically creates seo friendly urls. That's probably why Google prefers WP over joomla. Personally I love Joomla and it's great on larger highly interactive sites but I think it's overkill on sites where you only want a blog. It's like using a hammer on a thumbtack,
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    • Profile picture of the author Tasso Pepi
      I am a Wordpress fan...
      I love the plugins they have...
      Everything is geared towards SEO and getting the search engines to love your blog...

      By the way here is a great link i got with a list of top WP Plugins....

      WORDPRESS GOD: 300+ Tools for Running Your WordPress Blog


      Hope this helps

      Tas
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      • Profile picture of the author ActionToCash
        Originally Posted by Tasso Pepi View Post

        I am a Wordpress fan...
        I love the plugins they have...
        Everything is geared towards SEO and getting the search engines to love your blog...

        By the way here is a great link i got with a list of top WP Plugins....

        WORDPRESS GOD: 300+ Tools for Running Your WordPress Blog


        Hope this helps

        Tas
        Thank you for the info Tas!
        Randall
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        • Profile picture of the author Tasso Pepi
          No Problem...

          Hope it helped...


          Tas
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    • Profile picture of the author ActionToCash
      First of all, cute cat in your avatar I have one that looks a lot like yours as well.

      Yeah, lets face it - Joomla ROCKS!

      I would also agree about the SEF link option in the Global Config - not to metion that turning on the SEF link option seems to cause interference for at least one of the plugins I have recently used.

      I was thinking about just adding the blog as a portion of my main site, however, I can just make a sub domain or new directory where I install WP, and then make an external link in Joomla to it and vice versa I guess.

      Anyway, thanks a lot for your input (or output?) lol... Ok ok... its getting late and my lame techie jokes only get worse the more tired I get.

      Thanks again,

      Randall
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  • Profile picture of the author kittyd
    if the default Joomla SEF is causing issues with a plugin, well... it`s the wrong way of thinking. It`s the plugin that has been written badly... For god`s sake, it was made FOR Joomla, they it shoudl have fitted it to the the joomla functionality.... It`s not Joomla whom should match the plugin!!!

    For the blog Part of any Joomla site, i like the K2 or the new Zoo 2.0 Components. Both are free and deal much better with tags & custom fields
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    • Profile picture of the author ActionToCash
      Originally Posted by kittyd View Post

      if the default Joomla SEF is causing issues with a plugin, well... it`s the wrong way of thinking. It`s the plugin that has been written badly... For god`s sake, it was made FOR Joomla, they it shoudl have fitted it to the the joomla functionality.... It`s not Joomla whom should match the plugin!!!

      For the blog Part of any Joomla site, i like the K2 or the new Zoo 2.0 Components. Both are free and deal much better with tags & custom fields
      Hahaha - so true. I gues I didn't think about my perspective - your right though, Joomla came before the plugin, therefore the extension contains the problem, not the core joomla script.

      Anyway I think I've heard about the Zoo 2.0 already when digging through the extensions page - I'll check them out.

      Thanks for the post - Your a Joomla Rock Star!

      Randall
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  • Profile picture of the author petr_ind
    I agree with some members here, WP is better for SEO.
    there are also plug-ins for SEO friendly.
    It also simpler. If you want to ask, there is also lot of people who use it, so you can eaasily ask them
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  • Profile picture of the author TanYaV
    While WordPress is not ONLY for blogging, it still rocks as a blogging platform, compared to Joomla which is designed for more complex tasks. Plus, WP is fit for SEO since it's a blog, like pinging for better indexation, SEO URLS and stuff.
    I've stumbled upon an infographics and it seems that folks love it - so maybe you'll enjoy it as well, plus it concerns Joomla vs WordPress.

    Anyway, if you're just looking for a blog - go with WP. but if you want Joomla blog, why not? it has K2 which is supposedly made to ease content management, and I even heard about WordPress for Joomla plugin or smth like that. You see - options are numerous.

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  • Profile picture of the author RCheesley
    I would have to say that the quality of SEO for both Wordpress and Joomla! is entirely dependent on the person who sets up the site - out of the box Wordpress can be more SEO friendly (although Joomla! 3.x has come on leaps and bounds) but it does have a limit to what you can do without adding on extra SEO-specific packages.

    I'm a Joomla! specialist but I do a fair amount of SEO work with Wordpress, and I've seen stonkingly awesomely optimised Wordpress sites, and absolutely horrendous ones - the same goes for Joomla!.

    The most important element is keeping in mind SEO when you actually create the website, making sure that the person developing the site knows about the latest developments, and has the technical ability and knowledge to be able to know how to bring that into your site.

    For example, with Joomla! one would expect SEF URLs to be enabled and for you to have a system which allows you to create aliases easily for marketing and SEO purposes. One would also expect that microdata had been implemented and authorship tied up to the blogger's Google+ profile.

    On-page optimisation should be implemented, with the ability to see at a glance any pages which haven't got the appropriate data enabled. The standard things apply with templates - for example ensuring the title tag is present, making sure there are checks in place to have only one H1 tag and so forth.

    There should be the ability to implement redirects if you make any changes to the URLs of your pages (for example changing the title of a blog post to better optimise it) without having to get into writing htaccess redirects.

    So, I guess from my opinion saying x is better than y is pointless - if you are using x and you have a clueless developer, you may well end up with a very poorly optimised site. If you're using y with a really stonking developer, you could end up with an awesome site which ranks really well from the outset .... it all depends!!!

    My advice would be to be absolutely clear on your expectations and to raise the specific issues of SEO at the pre-build phase. If they look at you blankly when you're raising issues such as microdata, SEF urls etc, then consider whether they're the best people to be building your site.

    Caveat: I'm a web developer and run a business doing Joomla! web design in addition to the SEO work I do, so I may be somewhat biased in my opinions!

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  • Profile picture of the author Patrick
    The content is what improves the search engine rankings or the "SEO" of a website. If you have a page which has meaningful content and also is written to provide knowledge to the visitor, then you don't need to worry about SEO. A CMS just provides you a platform to setup your SEO tactics.
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