Bug 8318 - Administrator's guide Google search hits give bad previews
Summary: Administrator's guide Google search hits give bad previews
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: ThinLinc
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Documentation (show other bugs)
Version: trunk
Hardware: PC Unknown
: P2 Normal
Target Milestone: LowPrio
Assignee: Bugzilla mail exporter
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Reported: 2024-03-05 15:04 CET by William Sjöblom
Modified: 2024-03-19 13:52 CET (History)
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Description William Sjöblom cendio 2024-03-05 15:04:18 CET
The TAG is missing meta description and meta keywords. We believe it would rank higher in search engines with these tags set.

Adding the following directive seems to generate the appropriate HTML tags:

> .. meta::
>    :description: This is a page in the ThinLinc Administrator's Guide!
>    :keywords: foo, bar, baz
Comment 1 William Sjöblom cendio 2024-03-05 15:49:38 CET
Worth noting is that meta keywords are considered archaic and will probably not impact SEO performance, at least not according to Google. A meta description, on the other hand, seems will more than likely be beneficial.
Comment 2 Pierre Ossman cendio 2024-03-12 13:10:22 CET
Our current view is that Google and such gives good hits when searching for things. As such, the value of doing this is unclear, and it would be an ongoing cost keeping these descriptions up to date.

Putting on the backlog for now.
Comment 3 William Sjöblom cendio 2024-03-12 13:41:15 CET
Regarding SEO, we also have bug .
Comment 4 William Sjöblom cendio 2024-03-13 16:45:31 CET
Jean and I took a look at this once again this morning, and there are quite a lot of subpar auto-generated descriptions when using Google to search the TAG.

I deem this project is definitely worth a shot, despite it being relatively experimental in nature. Removing the priority for further discussions next dev meeting.
Comment 5 Pierre Ossman cendio 2024-03-19 13:20:53 CET
SEO work is difficult to handle as part of the development workflow. Having good previews in search results is more manageable, and should hopefully also improve our search ratings. So let's focus on that.
Comment 6 William Sjöblom cendio 2024-03-19 13:52:50 CET
Some examples of bad Google descriptions:

Introduction — The ThinLinc Administrator's Guide ... - Cendio
  Introduction¶. The ThinLinc Desktop Customizer is a combination of a
  web-based administration tool and a command that is run at session 
  startup for all ...

Administration of ThinLinc using the Web ... - Cendio
  This administration interface is installed automatically by the ThinLinc
  installation ... The ThinLinc Administrator's Guide. Quick search. 

Advanced Topics — The ThinLinc Administrator's ... - Cendio
  Client Platforms →. Logo. The ThinLinc Administrator's Guide. Quick 
  search. Navigation. Introduction. Introduction · ThinLinc Architecture.

Commands on the ThinLinc Server - Cendio
  ... ThinLinc server that are meant for the end users or the system 
  administrators. ... The ThinLinc Administrator's Guide. Quick search.
  Navigation. Introduction.

The list goes on...

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