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Started by Davilac, December 07, 2005, 02:28:36 PM
Quote from: statornic on March 07, 2006, 07:38:20 PMPrasad007,I can offer you a sugestion. Don't know yet if it is successful. When you submit the sitemap in your google account try with this file in URL termination, like:http://forum.crestini.com/sitemaps/sitemaps.phpDo not submit with .../sitemaps/home.php or .../sitemaps/index.phpHope this will work.
Quote from: Kindred on March 07, 2006, 12:50:26 PMAvatar... I don't think google cares (or will even notice) as long as the sitemap points to valid forum objects)
QuoteDon't use "&id=" as a parameter in your URLs, as we don't include these pages in our index.
QuoteQuality Guidelines - Specific recommendations: * Avoid hidden text or hidden links.
Quote from: jonks on March 10, 2006, 11:51:16 AMSurely this could all be made a whole lot less complicated. The google sitemap works fine.You Yahoo URL list does not work because Yahoo will only accept it if the file extention is .txt However, Yahoo will read the Google sitemap so submit that instaed.The HTML sitemap doesn't work because of the session Id's in the URL's. I dont care how many people think that Google can crawl those links, It can't. The static URL's that SMF creates using the .htaccess file are not crawlable because of the session Id's. This is How Google and other search engines see the URL's www.forum.com/index.php?PHPSESSID=9527fe761b85cf3b43376d0d18154073&board=117.0 and because the sitemap created for this mod produces those kind of URL's it is not worth having because it is no more easy to crawl than the site itself.Whats needed is a way to turn off session ID's for non members, or a sitemap with HTML links and NO session ID's. I'm no PHP expert so i couldn't do it, but if someone did it would solve so many peoples problems.All of the other Forum scripts have mods to remove session ID's for non members, I so wish SMF did too.If you doubt what I say about Google not being able to crawl the links in SMF then consider this....SMF forums main url http://www.simplemachines.org/community/ is a PR5 page. Google will most likely visit this page every day, yet all of the first level boards are not in the Google index. Take the board "General Discussion and Feedback" for instance, Google has no cache of it at all... http://126.96.36.199/search?sourceid=navclient&ie=UTF-8&rls=GGLG,GGLG:2006-09,GGLG:en&q=cache:http%3A%2F%2Fwww.simplemachines.org%2Fcommunity%2Findex.php%3Fboard%3D2.0 If it didnt have the session ID in it and Google actually read this URL as http://www.simplemachines.org/community/index.php?board=2.0 it would be snapped up within a day.The reason the SMF website gets loads of visitors is because we all have SMF forums with links pointing to the SMF website. This gives SMF high pagerank with some nice relevant anchor text in the links, so SMF website features well for relevant searches.We however are not in this position and without some changes to SEO on SMF, it is very doubtful we will do well on Google or any other search engine for that matter.
Quote from: Kindred on March 10, 2006, 12:52:46 PMJonks...I'm not really sure what you are talking about since I don't actually have SessionIDs in my urls here at SMF nor at my site... and they are not in my Sitemap either...
Quote from: Prasad007 on March 10, 2006, 01:05:42 PMthanks for the info! btw, simplemachines.org is Page Rank 7
Quote from: jonks on March 10, 2006, 01:46:48 PMPerhaps I shouldn't bother?