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I've read many articles on SEO for phpBB forums. Now, Im not really sure which way to go? Is it better to use some of the mods out there, or alter the sessions for robots, or other. Any additional info/discussion would help. Thanks!
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Post by igni ferroque »

Just use a less bloated template and make sure the following are in your robots.txt:

Disallow: phpBB2/post.php
Disallow: phpBB2/privmsg.php
Disallow: phpBB2/admin
Disallow: phpBB2/profile.php
Disallow: phpBB2/memberlist.php

Google has handled phpBB fairly well for me.
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Thanks very much for the reply. Any chance I could see an "example" robot.txt...so I can see what others are doing.
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Post by romans1423 »

You might also check out the Guest Sessions MOD by CyberAlien; it'll keep guests (such as bots) from receiving a session ID in the URL, as well as limiting the IPs to just one session, preventing bots from artificially inflating your Who Is Online total (mine was bloated to well over 100 at one point when only a handful were human).
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Great, I'll check it out. Also, here I still have the standard

www.mysite.com/phpBB2/index.php format

but, I see many using

www.mysite.com/forums

Does this make a difference in the way a site is indexed?
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Post by romans1423 »

Actually, yes, it will, which is why I set my site up like this:

www.domain.com/ will load the DirectoryIndex (set via .htaccess) file home.php, which is a brief introduction to what is on my site.

www.domain.com/index.php loads phpBB.

Dropping the www. is also forbidden, as domain.com and www.domain.com are two different sites, so far as search engines are concerned.

The reasoning for this is that search engines index sites based on the URL, not upon the uniqueness of content--i.e., two sites could be identical, but if they have different URLs, they are considered different pages.

If you have people linking to your site in two different ways, your PageRank and search engine status will be split between the pages, which doesn't do much for rank and results. Better to encourage a standard way of accessing your page to prevent this.
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esiason14 wrote: Great, I'll check it out. Also, here I still have the standard

www.mysite.com/phpBB2/index.php format

but, I see many using

www.mysite.com/forums

Does this make a difference in the way a site is indexed?


is there a mod for this...Im sure there is. just cant find it :cry:
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Post by Sphen »

No, that's not a MOD. What people did is rename the phpBB2 folder to forum, then upload it, and install. If you want to do that, go into the ACP, Configuration section, and then in the Script Path field, change the path to the new one.

Example.

If your forum was located at http://www.domain.tld/phpBB2, your script path should be www.domain.tld/phpBB2

If you wanted to change that to http://www.domain.tld/forum, you would change the script path to www.domain.tld/forum

Also remember that you have to rename the actual folder as well. That can be done via FTP

I hope this helps :D

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Post by esiason14 »

Thanks, guys....I just installed the SE logger mod, so I could see what the spiders were doing, This is my problem:

They are spidering these:

http://fantasyplaymakers.com/phpBB2/vie ... topic_id=0

The problem is that none of these posts exists....topic_id=0??

What can I do to fix this. My board is growing, I dont know how, since not a single page is indexed.... :cry:
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Anyone know why the above is happening?
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edited: double post, sorry
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Not that many will care, but I just wanted to share this. After using some of the SEO mods out there (not mod_rewrite) and tweaking some of the scripts...the # of posts indexed in MSN has grown from 1 (yes 1) to over 6300 in 2 days...Is this normal or have I found something significant?


http://search.msn.com/results.aspx?q=si ... &FORM=QBRE
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