Over the last few months, I have been working really hard with my former employers, GPMD , on building a new enterprise-level Magento SEO extension, called MageSEO. The extension is available now to community and enterprise Magento retailers and more information can be found at mageseo.net (which is due to be re-launched in the next week or so).
I’ve been doing SEO on Magento websites for the last four years and I’ve faced a huge number of technical issues, which in most cases have lead to a drop in visibility. To conquer layered navigation, one of the most common Magento SEO issues, I (also with GPMD) introduced SEOpack, which is currently being used by around 50 Magento retailers. We’ve also deployed lots of custom fixes for pagination, session IDs, href lang implementation, duplicate review pages, masked filter pages and much more… But, following some freelance projects I’ve been working on recently – we decided to introduce a plugin that will eliminate all of the issues we’ve both had to deal with.
Here are some of the obvious questions that you might have:
What are the features?
Version one of MageSEO offers the following features:
- Meta robots options for layered navigation pages
- Meta robots options for unwanted pages (such as search, wishlist, sort / order, cart etc)
- REGEX-match meta robots rules (eg: ^?price.*)
- Page-level canonical editor (assign canonical tag for specific pages)
- Category-level canonical editor (assign canonical tag for specific category)
- Exclude pages from sitemap
- Rel next and prev (for pagination)
- Robots.txt editor (from the back-end)
- Canonical tag configuration options to prevent trailing slash canonical issue
There are a few other features, but these are the main ones.
Version two of the plugin (launching within the next couple of months) will add the following:
- Basic schema support (full module will be more comprehensive)
- Extended sitemap functionality (including page-level options and video support)
- Rel alternate tag support
- Head editor
Here are some screenshots
Why are we doing it?
A number of other platforms have brilliant SEO extensions, that help webmasters eliminate complex SEO-related issues – Magento doesn’t for some reason. There are some pretty existing Magento extensions, but there’s not one that solves all your issues, is user-friendly and allows for customisation.
How much will the module / extension cost?
We’re going to launch the module for $249 initially. We will see how we got on with this price and adapt it if needed. Both parties are going to be spending weeks on continued development of the plugin, so we are unable to give it away for free (as much as we wanted to initially). We decided that $249 would be a good price for us and would be significantly less than a developer would charge for the work.
Will the module be compatible with our version of Magento?
Compatibility is one of our biggest focuses and it’s been tested on all versions of Magento Community and Magento Enterprise to ensure that it’s not only compatible, but also doesn’t conflict with any other extensions.
What support will be offered?
We will have a support desk for the extension, which will be manned by experienced Magento developers – they will be answering all queries about installation etc. I also provide Magento SEO audits (if required) and the company I’m working with provide on-going digital marketing retailers – these options are available should you need them.
If you want to know more about Magento SEO, you can read this Magento SEO guide.