Remix Search Engine Optimization
How to improve SEO in your Remix application
Thursday, March 17, 2022
Here is the Remix SEO checklist
Introduction: Why bother?
SEO stands for search engine optimization, which is a set of practices designed to improve the appearance and positioning of web pages in organic search results. Because organic search is the most prominent way for people to discover and access online content, a good SEO strategy is essential for improving the quality and quantity of traffic to your website.
Although Remix is a great framework, we still need to manually configure SEO to reach more users. In this blog, I will discuss how to improve SEO in your Remix application.
Check this blog in case you are not familiar with Remix.
This is not Remix specific, but just like in any website, the best way to improve your SEO is to have good content.
Now, let's continue on things we can control, as a developer, in our Remix application.
Using meta tags
Meta tags are specific snippets of text and image content that summarize a web page. Often meta-tag data shows up whenever someone shares a link on social media, in messaging, or in your business chat software.
To render the meta tags that we will declare in our routes, we first need to add the
Meta component in the
head of your
Check this link to see a sample usage of the above code.
You can technically add meta tags directly to the
htmltemplate. However, it is recommended to add "unique" information such as
descriptionon every route.
Remix is smart enough to convert a
metaproperty into the appropriate tag with the correct value as shown in the upcoming examples.
Must have meta tags
A title tag is the second most important factor for on-page SEO, only trailing high-quality content.
The meta description often serves as a pitch to people who find your website on Google or social media sites. While it's not required and Google can use text from you website instead of what you specifiy in the meta data, it's better to control the description text where you can.
With the visual nature of the web, your Meta Tag Image is the most valuable graphic content you can create to encourage users to click and visit your website.
Social media meta tags
Although it is not required, with a good social media presence, you can attract more users which will organically increase your search ranking.
Open Graph meta tags are snippets of code that control how URLs are displayed when shared on social media.
They're part of Facebook's Open Graph protocol and are also used by other social media sites, including LinkedIn and Twitter (if Twitter Cards are absent).
These are used by Twitter to display information about your website.
You don't define all of these as Twitter will reuse some
og meta tags.
In case of an overlap(
twitter:description), Twitter will pick the Twitter-specific information.
Putting all the meta tags together
Here are some validators that you can use to test your meta tags.
- One Stop Shop validator: https://metatags.io/
- Facebook: https://developers.facebook.com/tools/debug
- Twitter: https://cards-dev.twitter.com/validator
- LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/post-inspector/inspect/
- Pinterest: https://developers.pinterest.com/tools/url-debugger/
- Structured Data: https://developers.google.com/search/docs/advanced/structured-data
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If you have a lot of dynamic pages, you can create a sitemap generator.
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