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Anyone who uses Virtuemart 2 for their joomla ecommerce website has probably come across custom fields for products which are displayed to the user in the front end shop. In this way you can increase the functionality and depth of the Virtuemart core offering. 


Sometimes however it may be necessary to add a product field to Virtuemart’s backend. So that when a product is either added or updated in the administrative back end this new product information can be stored to the database. In this blog post we will run through the process of adding a new field to the products section of the Virtuemart backend.

If you use the Virtuemart 2 component for web design with Joomla! then there will come a time when you will need to add attributes to products. When I use the term attributes I mean variations on a product that may or may not affect the price. For example we have been working with a company that produces LED displays. These displays may be red or yellow (another example may be having a Tshirt in various sizes Small, Medium, Large).  The site visitor needs to be able to select one of these values for each product in Virtuemart.

In older versions of Virtuemart you could simply add attributes to the product in the Product Status page. However alot of things have changed with version 2 and attributes are one of them. To achieve the same goal you need to approach the problem in a different way.

Wednesday, 20 June 2012 13:33

Pinging URLs and RSS feeds a user’s guide

Overview – pinging for indexing and extra traffic

In other SEO strategies we employ, like press release submission, we create backlinks pointing to our client’s website which help them rank better in Google’s results pages.  Google however may take some time to find these new links or may not find them at all. If Google doesn’t find and index these links they will give our client’s website no benefit.

Wednesday, 13 June 2012 08:30

Using domain information sites for SEO

This is a simple, fast and powerful way to get backlinks from websites that Google considers authoritative.

There are a number of websites out there that contain domain statistics about  other websites. They list information such as ip address domain age, date of registration or the page title and metadata.

More importantly these site include a backlink to the site they contain information on.  Below is some information about www.swaysearch.com on the meta site www.howismysite.com (http://howismysite.com/swaysearch-com).

It is common knowledge that having duplicate meta descriptions for different page in your website can harm your SEO efforts. If you are using the Kunena forum component for Joomla! you may have noticed this can create duplicate meta descriptions that will appear in Google Webmaster tools.

Avoiding duplicate meta descriptions on your website is desirable thing for your SEO efforts. If you are using JReviews you may have found that you are getting duplicate meta description errors in Google Webmaster tools.

For JReviews you can configure the title and meta data for each List Type. From within the JReviews component select List types Manager (under setup JReviews) you will see the list types you have created i.e. Mobile Phone, Radio, Recommended suppliers etc.
 

If you use this Joomla! component you may well find that you have many duplicate meta descriptions entries.

To see if this is the case go to your Google webmaster tools (if you don’t have an account you should get one). Select the website under investigation. Click on the Diagnostics menu item on the dashboard and then HTML suggestions from the submenu. On this page you will see a section for Duplicate meta descriptions – click on this link to view a detail reports of any pages with have duplicate meta descriptions.

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