Thursday, March 4, 2010

Drupal and Canonical Urls

In Google each unique URL is indexed as a separate page. So if we have a URL: and will be indexed as separate URLs! This is a disadvantage as Google thinks we are trying to duplicate content and have multiple URLs to the same HTML content.

This is reflected in the Google Webmaster, under Diagnostics - HTML suggestions. In the webmaster HTML suggestions google points out that URL:, have the same title tag. Each URL in our site should have a unique title tag.

To address this we can add a meta information in our page headers to inform Google that our main parent URL is, and all clicks to any other '?page links' to be added to the parent URL. This is done by using Google's Canonical meta tags, refer:,

The Canonical meta information on our  page should be: href="" rel="canonical" inside link Tag.

It's not sufficient to enable Clean URL and Path auto, Global redirect modules. We must also configure our comments, View pagination, Page pagination, Auto title CCKs to have appropriate Canonical URLs to avoid getting penalized for Duplicate content and improve our site ranking.

Canonical URL integration is available in Drupal 6.0 Meta module. In Drupal 5.x there is no ready made integration. You can embed a small piece of code in the template file to achieve the same.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Checkout Newspapers in Googles fast flip!

While the newpaper industry workd wide is struggling, Google comes up with yet another innovation! The google fast flip is a truely interesting way to read news!! Try it out at

Friday, June 5, 2009

Google Search

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Drupal sites works towards SMM - Facebook and Drupal

First and foremost, what is SMM?

Social media marketing is a set of online marketing techniques that leverage social media.

In India two very active Social Media website are Facebook and Orkut.

There has been many ways in which a Drupal site can talk to Facebook and Facebook to Drupal.

Drupal for Facebook, is a set of modules that turns Drupal into a platform for developing Facebook Applications.

Try a Demo at:,

Facebook Connect provides for Facebook users to login to the Drupal site using their Facebook login.

Some other interesting references:
Drupal for facebook - Handbook page, blog from the maintainers of facebook connect.
Drupal groups for Facebook-API

Monday, June 23, 2008

YouTube API and Drupal

It would be great to have the YouTube API integrated with Drupal. The requirements would be to let user on our site to directly upload video and PlayVideo on to YouTube from our very own site.

What are the YouTube APIs and Tools?

For more exiting stuff with YouTubeAPI on your own site:

Drupal and YouTubeAPI integration is underway. We need to have PHP 5 to enable the same. Visit

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Understanding Content Architecture to Google enable a site.

This is a very interesting area. Understanding the Site's content architecture to Google enable a site!!

  1. Understand the various source of content
  2. The amount of content available
  3. Frequency of content update
  4. The importance of the content
  5. The relevance
  6. What users can get from our Websites content?
I look forward to summarizing the same for Newspaper sites! and Especially for Drupal sites!!

Drupal in Newspapers

Drupal and SEO