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ochCall2ActionSome SEO and SMO tasks should be automated to uphold the high quality and high ranking of your site and articles. This plugin which works in combination with the ochSEO | SMO Toolbox. It extends the Toolbox component with functionality that can be periodically executed via a cronjob (Cron is a standard Linux feature that allows you to schedule tasks, called 'Cron Jobs', to run unattended at a specified frequency)

Time to automate some of those annoying SEO and SMO tasks

KunenaDiscuss

Kunena is THE forum component for Joomla! websites. The Kunena team offers a plug-in with which it is possible to (also) use the Kunena  Forum as the comment / discussion system for your Joomla! articles. You can see that in action on my articles here on this site. How does it work? At the bottom of the article, you can see a 'comment' box. When posting a comment, the KunenaDiscuss plugin will create a Forum topic and link this forum topic to the article. Every additional comment will be placed on the forum topic for this article. The beauty is that it also works the other way around: when somebody comments in the forum on this topic, that comment will then automatically appear under the article as a new comment.

What is the added value of this when looking from a SEO / SMO perspective over other commenting solutions? The answer is really simple: Google (and others) not only indexes your articles, but it also indexes your Kunena forum. So when searching via Google, not only your article will be listed in the SERP (Search Engine Results Page), but also the forum topic. Also every comment and text in those comments will be indexed and will dramatically increase the visitors that come via a search on the Internet.

What value does this plug-in add?

As much as I hate to say it, page views do matter. As it turns out, visitors attach value to how often an article is shared or read (article hits). Also bloggers like to see how often their blog has been read: it is very rewarding for them to see the number of hits on the article increase.

But now that your article is available via two 'routes' (the Joomla article and the KunenaDiscuss Topic) a user who read the article and the comments on the forum will increase the hit on the forum topic, but not on the article (and visa versa).

This plugin will when triggered (via a cronjob) synchronize the Joomla article hit count with the KunenaDiscuss topic hit count. It will set the hit count to the highest of the two hit counters. That's it! Very simple, but believe me when I speak out of experience: very valuable!

"LerendeLeiders.nl is the leading leadership community and blogging site in the Netherlands. We have integrated the Kunena forum component into our Joomla! community website. With the KunenaDiscuss plug-in we seamlessly integrate the Joomla! blogging component with a state of the art Kunena 'commenting' component. We have increased our visitor count via Search results and see that visitorsx-c find us not only on the article contents, but also on every single comment on the forum! What the ochCronJob plugin does is reflect the real visitor count on both the articles as on the Forum topics!"

Screen-shots

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Requirements

  • Joomla 3.8 or higher
  • Basic Joomla! knowledge available between the chair and the keyboard :)

Installation is easy!

  1. Download the plugin
  2. in the Back-end go to menu Extensions > Manage
  3. in the tab [Upload file package] click [browse] and select your downloaded plug-in
  4. click [Upload & Install], wait for the installation to finish

Configuration

  1. in the back-end go to menu Extensions > Plugins
  2. search / locate the 'ochCronJobs' system plugin
  3. open the plug-in
  4. in the tab [Plugin] set status to [Enabled]
  5. in the tab [KunenaDiscuss] configure your synchronization settings
  6. in the [Advanced] tab configure your advanced settings
  7. click [Save & Close] and you are good to go

Activate Joomla! One Click update integration

Updating of the plugin is integrated with the Joomla! One Click Update manager. In order to activate follow the steps below:

  1. On this site: In the menu [Tools > My Subscriptions] copy your 'Download ID#'
  2. On your site: In the plugin configuration click the [Advanced] tab and paste the 'Download ID#' in the [Download ID]  field
  3. Click [Save] or [Save & Close], You will be prompted with an informational message that your Download ID was changed.

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Tips & Tricks

Please note that depending on the number of articles / discussion you have on your site, and the frequency of your cronjob, the log file can grow quickly. So either do not enable the log functionality or enabled it, set the mail frequency to hourly and set the delete log to yes.

Starting from there you can increase the mail frequency to daily or weekly.

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