Node Words or Meta Tags Module for Drupal 5

Drupal has great search engine optimizations built in, with it's clean urls and renaming of paths. But one thing it is missing is Meta Tags.

Meta Tags are little bits of information that is put into the header of an HTML page. These tags include description, keywords, and title. Google, Yahoo!, and other major search engines use these tags for ranking. This means if you have proper meta tags, your web page may be placed higher in organic searches.

So how do you get meta tags in your Drupal site? With a third party module called Nodewords. This module places the proper meta tags in your Drupal site and actually fills them in with text. These tags include description, keywords, and title, among others.

Once installed you will have a new settings in your content management section. This is called Meta Tags. This can be confusing as the module is called Nodewords... so don't look for Nodewords settings, look for Meta Tags once the module is installed.

Another note of interest, on the download page from Drupal.org, the module is called Meta Tags, but when you download it, you will have a module called Nodewords. The naming can be confusing unfortunately as this module is known by two different names.

So if you want optimum Search Engine rankings, you might want to install the Nodewords module.

The video shows the module in action. Drupal Rocks!

http://drupal.org/project/nodewords

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Hello Thanks for giving us

Hello
Thanks for giving us knowledge about this. A Meta tag is written to provide information to search engines about websites and web pages. Meta tags cannot be seen when a web page is viewed via a web browser, but can be seen via the page source code.

Good video you posted here.

Good video you posted here. This brings me back to the time I was working with one of my clients on their windows/mac data recovery drupal site but all of the pages on the site didn't have meta tags or meta descriptions set which was a total nightmare. Thankfully we found a quick way to set the desciptions sitewide though.

Drupal is supported by a

Drupal is supported by a passionate community of thousands of developers who continuously work to enhance the functionality and security of Drupal to enterprise levels and beyond. A community this large means that you'll never be stuck without support if your developer goes out of business and you'll have free access to future upgrades and security enhancements.

Just out of curiousity, why

Just out of curiousity, why didn't they just build this into drupal itself? It's call to have the plugin for it but it seems like this would be pretty useful to have from the beginning. I work on a site about dania furniture and would love if this was built into drupal for me to use.

I think the reason why they

I think the reason why they haven't built this into drupal itself is because they stand to make more money if people have to install the plugin rather than it already being there. Maybe they stick an advertisement in or something. But yeah, there's no reason otherwise that I could think of why they wouldn't simply built it into drupal itself.

This is brilliant. One issue

This is brilliant. One issue found was that the documentation states:

Enable the "Nodewords" module from the module administration page (Administer >> Site configuration >> Modules)

Actually that should probably read

(Administer >> Site building >> Modules)

Once I sorted that out I was off...

Thanks

Dave
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Drupal and SEO - The Nodewords (aka the Meta Tags) Module

The nodewords module allows you easily set the meta tags on your site. Some features of this module are (quoted directly out of the documentation):
Many of different meta tags out there are often ignored or influence your SERP rankings very little. As such I don't worry about most of them. On every page I use mainly KEYWORDS and DESCRIPTION.

I spend maybe 10 seconds on the keywords tag and spend a good amount of time on the description meta tag (if I remember to do it). I will also do a robots = noindex for pages that are used as thank you pages for newsletter sign-ups or just pages that I really dont want/need on the search engines. Other than that, I really dont use much else... maybe canonical url tags but I try to setup drupal so I don't have a lot of duplicate content to worry about.

The Keywords tag - These don't really have much pull any more since they can be abused so easily. They are also easy for the competition to very simply check what you have in the tag. I used it because I believe it is still considered by search engines but I don't put in my exact keywords I might be trying to target. If I'm targeting "dog training for fat dogs" I would put in "fat, dog, training"... something like that.

The Description tag - This is very important. Maybe not so much for SEO (search engines still consider it though) but for selling your link. If you have a 2nd or 3rd place spot for a search term, but your description is just a bunch random of text automatically pulled from the page ... you're going to loose clicks. Keep this less than about 150 characters

The description tag should contain the keywords your trying to target, but feel like a normal description of your content. It should try to pull in people from the SERPs.
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Drupal is so much popular

Drupal is so much popular these days. Its one of the famous CMS now a days. I am also thinking to move to Drupal for my mobile software website.

Pretty insightful post. Never

Pretty insightful post. Never thought that it was this simple after all. I had spent a good deal of my time looking for someone to explain this subject clearly and you’re the only one that ever did that. Kudos to you! Keep it up

Yeah, and its worldwide used

Yeah, and its worldwide used in SEO-wise.

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I'm not familiar with Drupal.

I'm not familiar with Drupal. Must hard learning again...

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