Lumpy Burgertushie wrote: ↑
Thu Oct 31, 2019 10:01 pm
as far as editing, there would be very little you could edit to make any difference.
the best thing you can do for google is have plenty of good relevant content for your subject matter.
maybe only the last 6 months of your posts are relevant to the subject matter.
then, make sure that your forum titles, topic titles etc. are using keywords relevant to your subject matter.
You are confusing SERP performance with indexing. The original post is about only recent parts of the forum being indexed. Google can't know how good the content is if it hasn't been crawled and indexed in the first place.
To the OP, firstly, have you registered for Google Search Console? If not, you should, then you can look into how actively Google bots are crawling your page and whether or not the bots are experiencing any crawl errors. You'll need to address these for Google to index your site.
Google's bots generally don't have difficulties navigating a phpBB forum - they are smart enough to follow links in each forum to the relevant topics. However, the bots will only crawl pages they have access to, so you need to ensure the Google bots are given privileges to crawl the forums you want them to index. This is set via the ACP.
If everything looks fine and Google is still not indexing your older content, you could try creating a sitemap and submitting it to Google Search Console. This will help the crawlers find your older content. Even if a URL is shown in a sitemap, the crawlers may still decide not to crawl and index if it has a very old last modified date, but I don't believe that it is the case as many of the very old posts on my board are clearly in the google index, even if they have not been edited in a decade. You're better off giving the sitemap a try if you have verified that Google is able to crawl the pages that currently aren't indexed.
There is an official extension to create dynamic sitemaps for phpBB v 3.1: https://www.phpbb.com/customise/db/exte ... o_sitemap/
. IMO it is not ideal and is not officially listed as a 3.2.x extension, but after some tinkering with URL rewrites, i have used it to create a sitemap for phpBB v 3.2.2.