1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Joomla or Static Html Site for SEO

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by surf1, Aug 21, 2013.

  1. surf1

    surf1 Newbie

    Joined:
    Aug 4, 2013
    Messages:
    6
    Likes Received:
    0
    I am working on a project for a client that has 20+ Joomla websites all utilizing the same template. They are trying to rank for multiple services that they offer. Allot of the text is duplicate content and the sites are not ranking for very many keywords now. My question is how SEO friendly is Joomla? I know I can rank static html site and wordpress sites, but I have not tried optimizing a Joomla site yet. Should I attempt to rank these sites or would I be better off duplicating the sites in static html/css and then optimizing from there.

    Thanks,

    Surf1
     
  2. SEOWhat

    SEOWhat Regular Member

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2013
    Messages:
    245
    Likes Received:
    73
    Occupation:
    Web designer, We Developer, SEO
    Location:
    EU
    well, dont worry about the CMS itself, Google will crawl Joomla without the problem. Your first big problem is as you already said, duplicate content, so make sure you clear that out. In terms of Joomla+Google, DONT worry, Google is in pretty good love relationship with Joomla!
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 1
  3. dinkish

    dinkish Power Member

    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2013
    Messages:
    689
    Likes Received:
    159
    Duplicate content and the same theme is lazy and leaves a big foot print (I presume they aren't attempting to hide that they are the same business and offering different services, but why would they have differing domains in that case).

    Best case scenario they're trying to target similar if not the same keywords using non-unique content, which is very ineffective.
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 1
  4. surf1

    surf1 Newbie

    Joined:
    Aug 4, 2013
    Messages:
    6
    Likes Received:
    0
    The reason for multiple sites is that they are franchised and have 3 locations in the same city (different area within the city) and 2 that are in seperate cities. Each location has 4-6 sites each trying to rank for different keywords. There is a main site and mini-sites that are geared towards one particular service. Joomla is just a pain in the butt ,imo, versus wordpress or dreamweaver.
     
  5. gullsinn

    gullsinn Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2009
    Messages:
    2,429
    Likes Received:
    2,210
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Jobless :D
    Location:
    Graveyard
    Home Page:
    Joomla will be good but If you know good html/css a static website will be great.
     
  6. dinkish

    dinkish Power Member

    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2013
    Messages:
    689
    Likes Received:
    159
    One of the main reasons for a content management system "CMS" like Joomla or Wordpress is so end-users who know very little about adding content, can do so.

    In this case, it doesn't sound like there is that much content to begin with, and isn't being updated enough to even utilize a CMS.
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 1
  7. Endire

    Endire Elite Member Premium Member

    Joined:
    Mar 27, 2012
    Messages:
    1,756
    Likes Received:
    1,061
    Gender:
    Male
    Surf1,
    Some of the other members raise good points but why make more work for yourself or sell a client something they don't need. If they like their current site and don't need a redesign, why not leave the Joomla CMS in place. Also, it doesn't matter what a site is built with as long as Google can crawl it.

    Best,

    Shawn
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 1
  8. dinkish

    dinkish Power Member

    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2013
    Messages:
    689
    Likes Received:
    159
    Bingo, essentially it's whatever is less labour intensive to provide the same quality, while being most profitable for you.
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 1
  9. bplumb

    bplumb Newbie

    Joined:
    Aug 21, 2013
    Messages:
    14
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    London
    Home Page:
    Yep, good comments above.

    We have numerous websites including Wordpress and Joomla builds. Fact is, Joomla is simple to work with and optimise, plus your client presumably knows how it works or is comfortable with the design and feel. I'd focus on removing duplicate or thin content and working with what you have. It will make much more sense and take much less time to work with the tools you have rather than start from scratch and still have to rework the content.