There are a number of helpful modules for getting your Drupal run site as SEO friendly as can be. In this article I’ll discuss 15 modules for SEO for Drupal which will give you peace of mind in knowing that your site is search engine friendly.
Modules for SEO For Drupal
Pathauto – Pathauto basically makes your URLs match your titles as opposed to turning them into the random “node123” garbage or your having to type them in manually each time.
Page Title – Where Pathauto fixes the urls to be search engine friendly, “page title” will make the title tag search engine friendly.
Metatag – Let’s go one step further with Metatag. Similar to All-In-One SEO Pack for WordPress, Metatag gives you full control over the meta information for each new page you create so that every element can be optimized based on your keywords for the search engines.
XML Sitemap – Setting up and refreshing XML sitemaps on your own is a chore but something which Google likes to see to ensure that your website is easily crawlable and navigable. The XML sitemap module makes this chore that much more manageable by integrating with the system’s cron and sending regular updates to Google, keeping your site Google friendly from an XML point of view.
Site Verification – This verifies your site in the eyes of the major search engines on your behalf when used in conjunction with XML Sitemap, making your site much more search engine friendly.
Google Analytics – Google Analytics is the best way to easily track the stats/analytics for your site and create and analyze reports on that data. This module allows it to integrate easily with your Drupal run site.
Spamicide – This keeps people from going rogue, creating their own accounts on your Drupal site and uploading whatever spammy content which serves them best and can hurt your site in the eyes of Google.
Redirect – This allows you to create 301 redirects from old, outdated pages to the new page.
Global Redirect – While you can make the much more search engine friendly aliases for new content you publish, the original, ugly “node” based URL exists for the same content. Global redirect identifies these duplicate content URLs and redirects them to the canonical URL which has the search engine/human friendly title/URL.
Taxonomy Title – This allows you to create H1 heading tags easily for your content when writing new posts or pages, so keep that in mind when prioritizing your keywords and related keywords.
Search 404 – Search 404 converts a typical, dead end 404 page, and rewires it through your site’s internal search feature, so when someone reaches a 404 page with this module activated, they’ll have plenty of relevant pages to click to instead of just jumping ship and raising your bounce rate. That’s assuming, of course, that you have plenty of relevant pages to offer them, so remember that content, and plenty of it, is still king.
Link Checker – Use this to keep on top of any potentially broken links which can make your site look outdated and under-maintained.
SEO Checker – This is a great tool for anyone new to SEO as it digs around and ensures that your setup is as SEO friendly as possible and gives suggestions accordingly.
SEO Checklist – Another module which does the same thing, so you can cross check the two against each other if you don’t want to just have options.
Drupal SEO Tools – An all in one SEO suite which requires other modules to be activated before it will work but a nice, comprehensive tool to use to get complete control over your Drupal run site’s SEO.