Thanks Kev. That reminds me to check permissions to ensure only registered users can view user profiles. It is a useless SEO strategy if the profiles are not able to be indexed by bots. Pretty sure Google has a fair idea about the quality of backlinks too, so I'm not sure this strategy would work anyway. From my reading, their algorithms focus on links from reputable sites that are content specific (eg a link to a useful forum topic on a particular subject) and not merely indexes.KevC wrote: ↑Thu May 24, 2018 8:07 amThey've been doing that for years.
Some forum software allows guests to see the memberlist and profiles of accounts so they make the account, put all the info they need in like the site name, sig etc and that's it, job done. They then get indexed and get the back links they're looking for.
phpBB does not allow guests to see those pages by default so they aren't gaining anything. Just trash them. Banning is a bit pointless as they'll never come back to hit the ban restriction anyway.
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