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lastnico wrote:...
Simply enable friendly URLs ......
These are vastly over-rated. If you have quality content, they make virtually no difference.
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ric323 wrote:
lastnico wrote:...
Simply enable friendly URLs ......
These are vastly over-rated. If you have quality content, they make virtually no difference.
Well, for a popular website, like phpBB's forum, of course, this is useless, because you already have the traffic that will help your site being spread, and more and more known.

But for little websites, you will need the hand of Google (to not quote it ;-) to let users find out your nice article or forum. And that's why friendly URLs and general SEO technics are so much useful.
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And, as a note aside, even if phpBB official forum does not need friendly URLs to be more popular, I think it would at least increase URLs readability and general comfort.

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lastnico wrote:But for little websites, you will need the hand of Google (to not quote it ;-) to let users find out your nice article or forum. And that's why friendly URLs and general SEO technics are so much useful.
No you don't.
There are many topics on this if you look around but this blog article is useful too
http://blog.phpbb.com/tag/seo/
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Kevin Clark wrote:
lastnico wrote:But for little websites, you will need the hand of Google (to not quote it ;-) to let users find out your nice article or forum. And that's why friendly URLs and general SEO technics are so much useful.
No you don't.
There are many topics on this if you look around but this blog article is useful too
http://blog.phpbb.com/tag/seo/
According to http://www.seomoz.org/knowledge/url it's not only a way to be referenced in search engines, but also to convince the user that the content behing the URL is also relevant.

See also http://www.seomoz.org/knowledge/title-tag

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If the URLs were no good as they are for google, we wouldn't use them. You do not need 'SEO friendly' URLs to get indexed 'better'.
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Twitter, Facebook and Yahoo Answers. They're all quick ways to get traffic but it works.

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I am little scary about SEO friendly topic beacuse my site is already indexed. Should I turn ON SEO friendly ?

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fanta001 wrote:I am little scary about SEO friendly topic beacuse my site is already indexed. Should I turn ON SEO friendly ?
You've pretty much answered your own question.

Without any additional 'SEO friendly' alterations, your site has already been indexed. So that means it's already working just fine.
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ust advertise, You can't leave it on it's own to advertise :d.

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Kevin Clark wrote: You've pretty much answered your own question.
Without any additional 'SEO friendly' alterations, your site has already been indexed. So that means it's already working just fine.
Yes it is indexed but not all. About 30% of pages and it is getting slow and slower since some time.
Anyway i won't enable seo friendly i will wait to index.
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SEO, back links, directories, putting your link in your signature in forums you usually go to, banner/link exchange, etc.

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Its not just about getting them to visit, you want them to stay!

The secret to an active forum is simple.....An interesting subject matter ;)

a site can have all the information in the world but unless atmosphere, debate and chat is interesting they will simply skim their required info and off they go!

a good forum subject is one that people ask questions of, a very deep and varied subject will create a very deep and varied forum experience, a subject that is always changing and evolving will really help too

also from my experience the atmosphere is very important, if you have too many rules or are trying to force a code of conduct on people it creates a negativity that ends in negative posting and attitudes towards the staff who are forced to uphold the rules

I run a carp fishing forum which is a massive subject and one which is constantly evolving with new tactics and techniques as well as the massive industry and media side of things which really promotes thought and discussion. people always like to brag and show off and in fishing forums this is a massive plus

oops im ranting on here LOL

also one little point....Facebook is your friend for advertising ;)

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Good content :o

All the best

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