Google has a lot of ways to check if your site is relevant to the keywords that users are searching with. One of these ways is to check the URL path of images. For example, when a page would be www.example.com/candle.jpg, the image "candle" would appear in google images and also Google recognises this page "example.com" does something with candles, and therefore the pageranking will increase on the word "candle".
When you upload an image to your Weebly page, Weebly changes the name of the image you're uploading. So when I upload an image with the name "Candle.jpg", Weebly changes this to for eaxmple "2373015_orig.jpg". This is not the most optimal thing for SEO. Allthough it's possible to change the ALT tag of the image (you can make ALT="Candle"), it would be much better if the filename itself would be candle.jpg as well. This would realy fill google images with your images.
So for the best ranking in search engines it is absolutely necessary to be able to control the name of the images. I sugest Weebly is making it possible to control the filename for a better SEO!
Now that Chrome has been updated to basically shame websites that are not secured, it would be good to have the option to purchase and enable HTTPS/SSL for any paid site since this is a best practice for SEO. I saw in another community post that there are no plans at this time to make this option available for anything below the Business package but I hope that is reconsidered if there is enough user support. Weebly is a great platform and keeps getting better, but it would be unfortunate to have to accept that using Weebly means that you will not be able to adhere to certain SEO best practices.
on 05-25-201601:01 AM - last edited on 08-04-201609:49 AM by Erin
Please re-engineer Weebly's page title system to use an H1 header tag as the page's title. This is critical to SEO and a serious issue for customers who care about where their pages rank in Google. If I had known about this serious deficiency I probably would have not chosen Weebly. Customers deserve the best SEO practices from Weebly in the way it translates its drag and drop editing into code.
In fact, please have Weebly hire an SEO expert to look over Weebly's entire system to incorporate best SEO practices. This H1 tag deficiency isn't the only problem that needs to be rectified. It appears SEO wasn't on the radar when Weebly was developed.
Having .html at the end of every page seems antiquated makes the site seem less professional. I understand that the pages will still load and redirect if the .html is left off, but it would look much cleaner if they could be left off completely.
I would also like to see the option to have the 'www' removed from the URLs. Rather than redirect the non-www version to the www version, I would like to have the opposite.
on 12-19-201604:23 PM - last edited on 12-20-201609:18 AM by Adam
Currently, we can only get a secret draft link of any post before it's published, and once the post goes live, that draft link doesn't take anyone to the live post. We need to get a permalink so that we can share the link with others and/or schedule promotions in advance of the post going live. Other blogging platforms do this and it's very useful.
on 05-26-201702:08 PM - last edited on 05-28-201706:59 AM by Adam
Per Google all pictures including icons must have alt test. They use it to identify what the picture is. Also Google will derank you if you do not have alt text (this is per Google). They have videos about it with that guy named Matt from Google. We use our key words in the pictures to get a better ranking with Google, Bing, Yahoo and other search engines. Currently on my product pages, you can upload pictures for the thumbnails, but you can not add alt text. This does not make any isince if it is a google mandatory thing. Also your logo must have alt text.
on 12-03-201611:22 AM - last edited on 12-04-201609:00 AM by Adam
A key feature of blogging is linking blog permalinks to help each other out and many blog posts are scheduled. Weebly needs to provide permalinks for scheduled blog posts so that others can use them on their scheduled blog posts so that they can all go live one after the other and be linked.
I know other bloggng sites allow this feature but weebly currently does not.
Adding keywords to your filename is another image SEO practice designed to provide even more weight to your target keywords. Search engines will look at filenames in images for context on an image, giving you another opportunity to rank in image search and help with your page's overall topical relevance for a given keyword set.
When you upload an image to your website in Weebly the URL will automatically match the filename. So your image URLs will look like www.yoursite.com/yourfilename.jpg. This gives you another important image seo tool, an image URL with the keyword. An optimize image URL helps your image rank in image search and makes it easier to link and share your image. So make sure to create short, contextual filenames for each image that features important keywords.
I found out that this does not work so far. I think it is a must feature for shops as otherwise SEO is getting really hard to realize. It will help us to get a much better SEO ranking.
So please vote and get it done as soon as possible
When I switched my website to Weebly, I ran into some indexing problems that were partially due to the Weebly-generated sitemap. As I further investigated, I noticed a range of issues with the Weebly sitemap that should be corrected:
1) Homepage is listed as www.mysite.com/index.html rather than www.mysite.com in sitemap. Here's why that matters (technical explanation): This led to my homepage not being indexed by Google and it kept the non-www version of my homepage in search results while removing the sitelinks that used to show up under my homepage since they were all updated to the www version of the urls which no longer matched the homepage. My solution was to manually create a sitemap that just listed the homepage and I uploaded it to Google Search Console. That ultimately worked after a few days so now the www version of my homepage has been indexed and is showing up in search results instead of the non-www version. The downside is that I lost that sitelinks that used to show up under my homepage. I'm hoping that they will show up again eventually but it's unfortunate that switching to Weebly has had a negative impact.
2) Update date/time (lastmod) should be page-specific but all time stamps get changed to the last time the website is published. This does not give Google accurate information about the frequency of when content is being updated and will lead to Google simply ignoring it eventually. The real issue is that Weebly does not allow publishing by individual page, so this likely can't be corrected until larger platform changes are made.
3) No Priority Field - the homepage should have the highest priority and then sub-pages should have a reduced priority based on their importance.
I've been search high and low for options to input meta keywords per blog post to improve SEO. Not for Page but for individual blog post. Customer Support has confirmed this feature is currently not available and I think this would be a useful feature to add into future release - hopefully in near future.