[openstack.org] SEO Improvements

Jeremy Stanley fungi at yuggoth.org
Fri Mar 13 21:33:41 UTC 2020

On 2020-03-13 20:59:30 +0000 (+0000), Sean Mooney wrote:
> honestly the only think i would like to see is fixing the search
> result so that the 'latest' version of all our doc are at the top
> of the list instead of pike. the docs for our older release always
> come up first and its hard fo fine the direct link to the 'latest'
> version which tracks master.
> granted i have it save in my broswer history but when users are
> looking for docs on things it would be nice if they got the more
> recent docs.

Yep, this trips me up fairly often as well. The pattern of serving
multiple versions of documentation is a fairly widespread one, far
beyond just OpenStack circles, so maybe we should look at some other
examples and see if we can reverse engineer how they manage to
direct search results to their latest versions. For example, why do
searches for Python module names return results under
https://docs.python.org/3/ before they return results for
https://docs.python.org/3.5/ ? I briefly skimmed the page sources
for some examples but nothing jumped out at me, nor did the site's
robots.txt provide any insight. Perhaps SEO specialists know what
trick is at play there?
Jeremy Stanley
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