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Top 10 Joomla SEO Plugins

by Melissa Smich on October 23, 2009


The Joomla CMS has earned a reputation online as both powerful and well-supported by its community of users, making it great tool for SEO optimization. Although the CRM alone does have a number of features that can help to increase the SEO value of your Web page, it’s worth knowing about some of the most popular free plugins available you can use to improve the effectiveness of your search engine optimization. By no means an exhaustive list, here are ten of the most popular plugins among Joomla users.

1. Set Generator Tag
This plugin allows you to modify the default Joomla CMS generator meta tag and make it whatever you want. Using this plugin means you will not have to change templates or the core Joomla files, and your changes will remain even if a new version of the CMS is downloaded since the changes reside in the Set Generator plugin, not Joomla itself.

2. SEOSimple
As the name states, this Joomla SEO plugin is meant to be simple, and its function is to take the starting portion of a page’s text content and apply it to the meta description at the head of the page. Since search engines will often use meta descriptions for SERPS, it is crucial that they have relevant content.

3. SEO Pagination
This easy-to-use plugin lets you give every page on your Web site a unique title, which is great if you have multiple categories, and can help give each page greater strength in overall SEO rankings.

4. JoomSEF
The JoomSEF plugin lets you rewrite your Joomla URLs so that they are more search engine friendly (SEF). These custom URLs can make for a better browsing experience for users and can lead to higher rankings from search engines.

5. J!Redirect 301
This Joomla SEO plugin allows you to easily create 301 redirects so that the only page indexed by search engines will be your main page. All other access requests will be directed to your main site, and 301 is the only type of redirect considered to be search engine friendly.

6. SiteVerify Plugin
SiteVerify adds a simple way to insert HTML Meta tags so that your site can be verified with Google, Live and Yahoo.

7. Website Name
This compact plugin gives you the ability to display your Web site name on the front end, letting you choose if you want it before or after the page title.

8. SEO-Generator
This does what it says – generates SEO keywords and description automatically from text and content.

9. Auto Backlinks
A simple plugin, this automatically pings high-ranking pages for auto backlinks directly to your site.

10. Unicode Slugs SEF
This is a great plugin allowing you to add special characters, accents and capitals in URLs that Google and other sites have no problem searching for.

Honorable Mentions: Easyping, SEO Canonicalisation, Title Manager

An active development environment means Joomla SEO is always evolving, and used correctly, these ten popular plugins can help you get high-quality traffic to your Web site.

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Priya Ovhal November 4, 2009 at 4:36 PM

Thanks for the information this was really good


ortlieb November 8, 2009 at 7:39 PM

i used till now the concurrent (wp) because of the plugins. I never found something like that. But now I do not hv reason to not use Joomla. In my next project I will try it. I hope it works better than I used to.
Thx for this post.

aaron January 27, 2010 at 8:40 PM

Thanks for this, I needed some ways to get my site to rank better and Joomla sometimes makes it difficult. You made it easier!

Vincent Kirby February 12, 2010 at 4:32 AM

As for the site map I personaly like xmap

Melissa Smich February 12, 2010 at 10:40 AM

thanks for the comments! Which are you using? which are your favorite?

BizWiz March 10, 2010 at 11:29 PM

A few of my designer friends have been raving about the Joomla SEO/SEF components.

dental internet marketing March 17, 2010 at 1:25 AM

thanks for all the plugin tips..especially the seo plugins

Mendel Potok October 19, 2010 at 2:21 PM

Sweet, I was considering going to Joomla for templates but was afraid they wouldn’t have the seo plugins I wanted. Thanks for quelling my fears!

WrigleyF January 11, 2011 at 10:08 AM

I’ve heard great things about the Joomla SEO/SEF components too, and it’s nice to know they’re so search-engine friendly.

breaking news March 22, 2011 at 5:41 PM

I found that SEO plugins are necessary for your website…thanx for the tips for Joomla, it will really help for my websites.

Stoddard April 5, 2011 at 10:26 AM

I didn’t even know most of these SEO plug-ins even existed. I’m gonna go out and get me some of these!

PotsNPans April 7, 2011 at 9:38 AM

What does it mean to add ‘pint’ to popular search engines?

ryan May 19, 2011 at 12:00 PM

I think he meant ping, that is a like a call to spider new content to help it get indexed faster.

Jason June 22, 2011 at 11:45 AM

If you have not yet built your website and you are concerned about SEO do NOT use Joomla!

WordPress all the way. The decent plugins on Joomla! cost money and most of them still suck. On WordPress there are a TON of free plugins and they work well.

SEO & Joomla! are like Oil & Water.

Rusher July 14, 2011 at 8:09 PM

Yeah, I can’t believe how many free plugins WordPress offers, Jason.

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ellen@ seo expert August 4, 2011 at 3:19 AM

Joomla! is one of the most powerful Open Source Content Management
Systems on the planet. It is used all over the world for everything from simple websites to complex corporate applications.

The biggest problem with Joomla! is that it really is not very search engine friendly. I am using JoomSEO that gives you control over your Titles and other meta tags but it goes even further.

Ali Aamir March 19, 2012 at 4:57 AM

Is there any post that describes WordPress plugins,


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