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hello community, I also have a phpbb3 forum and I want you to help me please with some problems.

1 It tells me something about the robots.txt file that prevents indexing, where can I find the file because I don't even have such a thing.

screenshot: https://i.postimg.cc/QdM2ZxRV/Screensho ... oid-gm.jpg

2 over 2 and a half months since the forum was online, I don't see the posts indexed on Google, like the resources that members posted, topics and so on, what should I do?
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You need to give the Bots group permissions to see your forums
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Permissions / Group Forum permissions
Bots Group
Select all forums
Set to "Bots permissions"
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Brf wrote: Wed May 15, 2024 1:22 pm Permissions / Group Forum permissions
Bots Group
Select all forums
Set to "Bots permissions"


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Yes
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And with point 1, can someone help me, that phase with robots.txt doesn't even exist on my webhost, what should I do?
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MortallCsAl3x wrote: Wed May 15, 2024 6:56 pm And with point 1, can someone help me, that phase with robots.txt doesn't even exist on my webhost, what should I do?
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MortallCsAl3x wrote: Wed May 15, 2024 6:56 pm And with point 1, can someone help me, that phase with robots.txt doesn't even exist on my webhost, what should I do?
You don't actually need one to have anything in it, but just make sure you have a text file with the name robots.txt in your public folder eg. robots.txt

We haven't had a proper robots.txt for years and always rank number on the first page of search engines for most of our category's searches.
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I make one file in public_html with robots.txt empty. So i need to add Something in to it?
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Yes, info about any bad bots that are visiting your site for example:

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User-Agent: PetalBot
Disallow: /
the above will stop the Petalbot bot from indexing your board but, from what I can gather, having a robots.txt file or not is not your issue, you want good bots like Google to index your board?

FWIW - Two months isn’t a long time to get properly indexed, sometimes it can take six months or longer, just make sure you have the settings for the bots group as previously mentioned and you should be fine, sometimes it’s just a matter of patience. Also, do you have lots of unique information and users regularly posting fresh content? Content is usually the key to getting indexed properly.
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Mick wrote: Thu May 16, 2024 7:13 am
yes I created that robots.txt. can you tell me exactly if I need it and what I need to add in it please?

and with the permissions part, yes, I added the access robot group permission to all the forums. See above in the picture, I think it is correct.
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But robots.txt is nothing to do with the subject and, in many cases, is unnecessary. In fact, I never used one in 14 or so years until lately with the emergence of Claudebot and AI bots in general. But, to answer the question about robots.txt, keep an eye on ‘Who is online’ with ‘Display guests’ clicked. If you’ve got tons of stuff in there you don’t understand post a screencap so we can see what’s going on but I can’t see anybody online at all bots or humans atm. You can also control the bots in the .htaccess file, see Claudebot attack for more information on that.

As this is a separate subject you should start a new topic for that.

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Mick wrote: Thu May 16, 2024 7:13 amFWIW - Two months isn’t a long time to get properly indexed, sometimes it can take six months or longer, just make sure you have the settings for the bots group as previously mentioned and you should be fine, sometimes it’s just a matter of patience. Also, do you have lots of unique information and users regularly posting fresh content? Content is usually the key to getting indexed properly.
Presumably we’re talking about https://www.worldcs.ro/forum?
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I am seeing some viewforums on Google now since you set the permissions.

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