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Offline PatrickForum

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Re: Making your Smf forum as SEO friendly as possible? How to Tips
« Reply #140 on: March 18, 2011, 04:36:04 PM »
I just put /stats in robots.txt
That should do it.
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Re: Making your Smf forum as SEO friendly as possible? How to Tips
« Reply #141 on: March 18, 2011, 04:37:22 PM »
I fail to understand why...   but use the permissions and turn off access to the stats for guests.

View forum statistics - make unchecked.
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Re: Making your Smf forum as SEO friendly as possible? How to Tips
« Reply #142 on: March 25, 2011, 12:59:31 AM »
Playing about with your urls is not advisable unless you know what you are getting into. I used Pretty Urls mod for around a year. I now regret that choice a hell of a lot. Pretty urls does not a lot for forum seo, whats worse it creates far to many versions of the same page.

I have lots of links pointing to the pretty urls, but now I no longer use the mod all those links count for nothing. Anyone who knows seo knows that links are far more important than anything you can do on your site. Reverting back to the old urls is difficult as the reverter doesnt appear to function, and you must also consider what will happen if the mod developer decides to give up on the mod and not develop it for future smf releases.
If the reverter package doesn't work anymore that's a shame. Maybe someone could update it? It's really a very simple little mod.
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Re: Making your Smf forum as SEO friendly as possible? How to Tips
« Reply #143 on: March 26, 2011, 03:13:03 AM »
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Re: Making your Smf forum as SEO friendly as possible? How to Tips
« Reply #144 on: July 20, 2012, 08:32:19 AM »
probably a spammer... but definitely incorrect.

Although there MAY be some (small) worth to descriptive URLs, it really is not all that important in the scheme of things.
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Re: Making your Smf forum as SEO friendly as possible? How to Tips
« Reply #145 on: February 24, 2013, 10:37:33 AM »
Sorry for digging up a old thread, but it is a good one!

I add my €0.02

note that my forum is in a subdomain so you might want to add /forum or so

My robots.txt targetting unwanted urls generated by SMF forum software:

User-agent: Googlebot

Disallow: /*?action
Disallow: *;wap
Disallow: *;wap2
Disallow: *;imode
Disallow: /index.php?www
Disallow: /?www
Disallow: /*msg
Disallow: /*sort

So no actions, means no SMF related (no content) links, wap/ imode no text based pages, the ?www should not become indexed, *msg makes Google forget anchored pages, eg, post #2, instead it will read the whole page and store it once, sort also blocked, took me a while to find, one can sort the topics, could appear as different content in Google.

Links I tested against in Webmaster Tools:

http://forum.yourdomain.xx/
http://forum.yourdomain.xx/index.php?topic=6706.0
http://forum.yourdomain.xx/index.php?topic=6576.15
http://forum.yourdomain.xx/index.php?board=2
http://forum.yourdomain.xx/index.php#2
http://forum.yourdomain.xx/index.php?board=2;wap2
http://forum.yourdomain.xx/index.php?board=2.0;sort=first_post
http://forum.yourdomain.xx/index.php?action=profile
http://forum.yourdomain.xx/index.php?www
http://forum.yourdomain.xx/?www
http://forum.yourdomain.xx/index.php?topic=6576.msg204437#msg204437

The test results of Google Webmaster Tools

Test results
Url    Googlebot    Googlebot-Mobile
http://forum.yourdomain.xx/    
Allowed
   
Allowed
http://forum.yourdomain.xx/index.php?topic=6706.0    
Allowed
   
Allowed
http://forum.yourdomain.xx/index.php?topic=6576.15    
Allowed
   
Allowed
http://forum.yourdomain.xx/index.php?board=2    
Allowed
   
Allowed
http://forum.yourdomain.xx/index.php#2    
Allowed
   
Allowed
http://forum.yourdomain.xx/index.php?board=2;wap2    
Blocked by line 5: Disallow: *;wap2
   

http://forum.yourdomain.xx/index.php?board=2.0;sort=first_post    
Blocked by line 10: Disallow: /*sort
   

http://forum.yourdomain.xx/index.php?action=profile    
Blocked by line 3: Disallow: /*?action
   

http://forum.yourdomain.xx/index.php?www    
Blocked by line 7: Disallow: /index.php?www
   

http://forum.yourdomain.xx/?www    
Blocked by line 8: Disallow: /?www
   

http://forum.yourdomain.xx/index.php?topic=6576.msg204437#msg204437    
Blocked by line 9: Disallow: /*msg

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I believe this is proper. Did I forget something? It is a 1.x SMF forum

Thanks!
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