[ic] Interchange really bad for SEO?

IC Hacker icgort33 at gmail.com
Thu Jun 18 06:03:18 UTC 2015

On 18/06/2015 5:15 AM, David Etheredge wrote:

While I have not upgraded to the latest version, I have found a serious
problem with SEO in interchange based websites.

Since the header for each page produced is defined in the templates, all
pages have the same Title, keywords, and Description. Google, Bing, and
Yahoo all seriously frown on the duplication of this meta data. Each page
should have its own Title, keywords, and desctription. It may in some
cases, need its own robot instructions ( NOFOLLOW, etc. ).


Hi David

I don't think there is a problem with IC5.x and SEO. Our IC sites rank very
well as a rule.

I use something like this in various catalogs to customise SEO on product


[tmp page_title]
        [if session arg]
                [description code="[data session arg]"]
        [item-field brand_publisher] - [item-description]

        $Scratch->{page_title} =~ s/-//g;;

I sometimes have seperate tables for meta data so use:

[tmp meta_description][if type="data"
table=products_meta col=meta_description key=[item-field sku]][else][data
table=products_meta col=details key=[item-field sku]][/else][/if][/tmp]

but you could just pull content out of the default products file:

[tmp meta_description] [item-field brand_publisher] -
[tmp meta_keywords][item-field prod_group], [item-field category],

and in the template or layout for the page i.e. includes/layout/leftonly

<title>[scratch page_title]</title>

<meta name="description" content="[filter op="restrict_html.i qb_safe 120."
interpolate=1][scratch meta_description][/filter]">

<meta name="keywords" content="[filter op="restrict_html.i qb_safe 120."
interpolate=1][scratch meta_keywords][/filter]">

Hope this gives you some ideas.

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