Knowledgebase: SEO and Google
How do I utilize the google / search engine functionality of a generation II template?
Posted by Jen on 17 February 2010 10:14 AM
Google Analytics 

1. We have built in a lot of support for google's apps. You can enter the google analytics code directly into your site in the sitezadmin->edit settings (tab) -> edit stats. You would just copy and paste the complete block of code which should look something like this (with the UA-XXXXXXX-X replaced with your own ID):

<script type="text/javascript">
var gaJsHost = (("https:" == document.location.protocol) ? "https://ssl." : "http://www.");
document.write(unescape("%3Cscript src='" + gaJsHost + "google-analytics.com/ga.js' type='text/javascript'%3E%3C/script%3E"));
</script>
<script type="text/javascript">
try {
var pageTracker = _gat._getTracker("UA-XXXXXXX-1");
pageTracker._trackPageview();
} catch(err) {}</script>

BE SURE NOT TO USE THE LATEST ANALYTICS CODE (the asynchronous snippet)

Google Verification:
1. You can add the meta tag that google requires added to your index file for verification directly in your sitezadmin. To add it go to sitezadmin->edit settings(tab) -> edit stats and enter it into the 'Validation Code' section.

Sitemap:
We have build in an auto-generate button in your sitezadmin->edit settings(tab) -> edit stats that will generate a sitemap.xml for you and put it in the root level of your site. You will want to regenerate it after any changes to your site content have been made.

SEO optimization:
We have added some SEO features into our new templates. Though this does not guarantee you'll be picked up by google it should help. When google visits your site it will see a stripped down (no formatting or styling) version of your content and menu so that it can crawl the site content outside of flash.

SEO Steps you can take:
The built-in SEO features will help with search engines crawling your content, but it is still important to do as much as you can to optimize your site for search engines. You can visit our list of steps to take to optimize your site in our knowledgebase. When adding links to your site on different forums, vendor lists, etc. it will be important to use the search engine friendly links to your site and pages which don't include the '#/' in them. For example a link to our calendar from jackson sample 2 is http://www.portfoliositez.com/jackson2/site/#/calendar/. The optimized link is http://www.portfoliositez.com/jackson2/site/calendar/ . When a person with flash installed visits the link it will automatically take them to the flash page. If a browser crawls it then it will be take to the stripped down html version. It can take many weeks before google will pick you up and add you to their index of sites. Unfortunately there is no guarantee that your site will be picked up or when it will be picked up.

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