Stefania (my girlfriend but also a professional SEO consultant) also
pointed out that we should make sure that indexing engines understand
that the documentation pages are intentionally similar, as you get
penalised for duplicate content.
So as you suggest we need to mark - for each guide - which one is the
"main" reference. I don't know if using a sitemap only is enough, I
was told that we need to add some headers in each webpage to refer it
to its canonical URL, I'll ask if we need both actions.
On 7 December 2015 at 08:12, Vlad Mihalcea <mihalcea.vlad(a)gmail.com> wrote:
Thanks for pointing that out.
The robots.txt is in place https://docs.jboss.org/robots.txt
But I couldn't find the sitemap.xml
According to Google:
The sitemap.xml is important if:
- Your site is really large
- Your site has a large archive of content pages that are isolated or well
not linked to each other. If you site pages do not naturally reference each
other, you can list them in a sitemap to ensure that Google does not
overlook some of your pages.
So we meet both these two requirements.
Maybe we need to add a sitemap.xml and reference the link to the "stable"
docs only and the modification date.
On Mon, Dec 7, 2015 at 9:46 AM, Gunnar Morling <gunnar(a)hibernate.org> wrote:
> Hi Vlad,
> We already have something like this, at
. The latest final version docs
> are available there. It's only that results from there have not a good
> search result ranking apparently.
> 2015-12-04 20:42 GMT+01:00 Vlad Mihalcea <mihalcea.vlad(a)gmail.com>:
> > Hi,
> > It seems like a good step to tackle the SEO optimization problem is to
> > offer a "curent" link in our site to point to the latest docs.
> > That's how PostgreSQL and Spring do it and once this link is indexed by
> > google, it will always render the latest version of the docs:
> > http://www.postgresql.org/docs/current/static/
> > MySQL does not offer this option and when googling something about MySQL,
> > there's a big chance of getting a 5.0 page instead of 5.6 or 5.7.
> > I think we should add a "current" "symbolic link" in the
> > https://docs.jboss.org/hibernate/orm/
> > and when we publish a new version, we need to go to Google Webmaster
> > (at least that's how I do it on my blog) and ask google to reindex that
> > particular "current" link. I guess that could be automated too.
> > Vlad
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