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A topic that is often hotly debated is how to treat category pages in Joomla from an SEO perspective. You can find many forum topics about this issue and quite often you will see the advice to set these pages to a NOINDEX status. While in some cases this could be the correct way (I sometimes do), I generally advise you not to do so.
A few weeks ago Google launched the Penguin 4.0 algorithm, which deals with how backlinks are evaluated. This led to massive fluctuations in Google rankings. Some sites were hit hard while others showed astonishing recoveries. Actually, I encountered this myself, so let me share this story with you.
A long awaited feature is finally coming to Joomla. In Joomla 3.7 we will finally get an improved URL routing system. This will not immediately solve all wishes we could have for our URL's, but the underlying structure for further improvements is there now. And one thing we will get now already: no more ID's in the URL!
If you like working on the front-end of your site, Metaman is an awesome SEO plugin for your Joomla websites. It allows for very easy editing of metadata (page-title, meta description, robots, etcetera), but also very easy maintenance of Twitter Cards and Facebook Open Graph.
Social media play an increasingly important role and for many, integrating social media into your site is very important to spread your message. Unfortunately though, the share-buttons used to do so often slow down your site due all the external network connections required to retrieve the share-counts.