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Sitemaps not sitemap when dealing with high volume of content Your first mistake would to assume that you use 'a sitemap', when dealing with sites that contain a lot of content you need to think in terms of 'sitemaps'. Google indexes content without a sitemap Now it's worth mentioning that Google will pretty much index any important URL without the need ...


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This question is very subjective, but anyway... Is it possible to rank higher than Google for the keywords "webmaster forum". Yes, I imagine it's possible, but extremely difficult. You're going to have to build and market something that's bigger and better. Millions of people use Google products, millions of people have queries regarding those products ...


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The problem is not the forum signature itself, it's the fact that the link is "optimized". If instead of "Company Registration" you had your company's name as the anchor text for the link, it'd be fine. If detected, all forum footer comments with optimized keywords in links are classed as "spam", or more specifically "link schemes" as as defined here: ...


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I had a similar problem, I solved it with css but it can be done with javascript and jquery too. 1 - I created a class that I will call "disallowed-for-crawlers" and place that class in everything that I did not want the Google bot to see, or place it inside a span with that class. 2 - In the main CSS of the page I will have something like .disallowed-...


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The bots are probably harmless. But I like to think that I'm starring in a Tom Clancy novel and it's a sleeper cell waiting to unleash a tidal wave of spam that could ultimately compromise national security. So I recommend deleting them on a routine basis. ;) When a user signs up, determine what country they're from. I find that MaxMind's GeoIP web service ...


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The image alt attribute is used to describe an image when the image cannot be rendered. It is also used by 'screen reader' software where the content of the website is read out aloud, usually for users who's sighting is impaired. So the alt attribute should be descriptive of the actual image: e.g: <img src="sunset.jpg" alt="photo of a sunset over the ...


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The name of the feature that you are looking for is called "lazy load". The technique typically works by initially showing a 1x1 transparent placeholder, and then using JavaScript to swap it out for the real image on scroll. Here are some sites that provide code to do this for you: http://css-tricks.com/snippets/javascript/lazy-loading-images/ -- About ...


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Marketing and general people advice you do not worry about nofollow outbound links, but matt cutts said nofollow link sculpt your pagerank (check 4th and 5th Question). I don't know weather it is still true or not, but wikipedia working fine with tons of nofollow outbound link. So It is not like it will affect badly. If your forum have quality good content ...


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One way to do this is to use an image of text rather than plain text. It is possible that Google will eventually be smart enough to read the text out of the image, so it might not be completely future-proof, but it should work well for at least a while from now. There's a bunch of disadvantages to this approach. If a person is visually impaired, it's bad. ...


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Maybe someone is still seeing this question, so it could be useful to point out that Google no more supports Google Authorship https://plus.google.com/u/0/+JohnMueller/posts/HZf3KDP1Dm8 https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/6083347?hl=en And it encourages the use of structured data. So, no more need to add rel=author for Google. It still exists as ...


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Testing a page on the testing tool i saw this: Note: The testing tool currently only checks the first rel=author link listed on a webpage for a link to a Google+ profile [...]. It's possible that authorship may in fact be working for this page because of other rel=author links on the page. To verify that authorship is working on this page, please ensure ...


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Any form of user generated backlinks you should step carefully, Google does not want webmasters creating links as this is called manipulate search results. Google loves naturally made back links by the visitors of the site and not the webmasters. Google over recent years has nerfed links from user generated sites such as: Forum Sigature Links Forum Profile ...


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If you can provide great value to the community/forum, then please go ahead and help with answers. A link or two once in a while will be considered acceptable, but you do need to establish credibility before you start posting links. StackExchange is a great example of such a forum :-), do you see people spamming links left right and center here? No. Do you ...


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The Stop Forum Spam site is a resource to help block forum spammers. Its database can be queried manually or by API by IP address, username, or email address. For Simple Machines Forum (SMF) sites I use a module that queries its database as a means of blocking forum spamers. Modules are also available for many other forum software packages to automatically ...


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No, don't do anything like that! The bonus you get from fresh content is a lot more than the penalty you get for those titles. Which forum software are you using? Some of them have very decent plugins that will optimize the page titles for SEO and in the meantime get rid of those repeated titles.


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I have this on some of my sites, whilst not a perfect solution I used MaxMInd GeoIP to block countires in Eastern Europe & China. This reduced the number of bad signups by over 90% for me. GeoIPEnable On GeoIPDBFile /path/to/GeoIP.dat SetEnvIf GEOIP_COUNTRY_CODE CN BlockCountry SetEnvIf GEOIP_COUNTRY_CODE RU BlockCountry # ... place more countries ...


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My guess would be that they're crawlers which haven't received a particular order to sign up for your site, just sites in general. I can't imagine why they would sign up and then never post anything; perhaps your post button/form is oddly set up so that they can't use it? If you want to prevent them from registering (the ones which get past the captcha), you ...


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I would be tempted to email anyone who has signed up and not posted to ask them if they are having trouble - good customer service! - and if their email addresses bounce, or they respond with junk then delete their accounts. I +1 mikey_w because on a reasonable size discussion forum (1,000+ posts a day) I have worked with, I do indeed find that spam bots ...


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Marking every part of the webpage that contains a signature as being non-crawlable. You can use the directive nosnippet: Do not show a text snippet or video preview in the search results for this page. A static image thumbnail (if available) may still be visible, when it results in a better user experience. This applies to all forms of search results (at ...


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I think the issue here is not how many times the keyword (key-phrase) appears, but how often it appears in context with everything else. If the page only has 50 words and 30 are the keyword, then yes, that could be cause for alarm, but I will assume that the word is used in context and reads well. The site is a forum and as such, for the most part, content ...


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Short answer. For a new site, I would not bother but I would prepare. I would just make sure your site can be crawled by spiders. Most forum software is fine for this. If per chance that you have content that cannot be reached via the crawl, then a sitemap may help. There is some exception to this of course. Sitemaps, generally speaking, only really ...


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You have to know what is the difference between not including meta description and writing your own. If you don't include meta description in your code Google and other search engines will take first 150-160 characters of the page, navigations and tabs shouldn't be included in this 150-160 characters but, it is definitely not a good idea to let search ...


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If the pages of the forum no longer exist, then you may do either of the following:- Block your forum with robots.txt and then manually submit the URLs in Google Search Console for removal. Ignore these warnings and they will eventually go away. Google has those pages in its index and so when they're coming back to re-crawl they're getting the 404 error and ...


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An active forum with good quality posts entice users to sign up for the forum. The initial phase of running a forum is tough as it technically lies empty. It creates a catch-22 situation where lack of users create a lack of content and vice versa. You need to hire friends, freelancers to start posting on your forums on a regular basis to get the ball ...


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For the forums, you need to play a long game and make the forum as an asset. As of now, you planning to send the traffic to the forum and make money right? It may or may not work, It depends on a lot of factors. What if you try this way, use the traffic to increase the forum registrations and more interactions. By doing this your forum will have more ...


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Google rarely reveals the factors they use when calculating a sites position in the search rankings. It's also impossible to know the weight of each factor, but what we do know is that backlinks is the most influential and Google has said that trading links is against their guidelines because it is manipulation of search results. Google has never confirmed ...


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Jeff Atwood is one of the founders of this site. He since left StackExchange to create a forum product called Discourse. I found a thread on his site with comments from him that are relevant: ... "all data must be migrated" is the Vietnam of forum software, leading to massive retention of ancient forum versions across the web and a huge black eye for ...


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Do crawlers add page views on a forum? Quite probably. Crawlers make HTTP requests like any real visitor. Unless your forum software specifically excludes bots from it's page view count then bot traffic is included. (However, even if the forum separates bot traffic in its stats, I wouldn't have thought it would do this is real time as there are extra steps ...


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tl;dr either use a different subdomain or noindex your forums There are actually two questions here, and the answers should guide your decision. Are forum threads 'thin content'? Will forum threads rank higher than my blog entry for [a certain keyword]? If #1 is true, then #2 is unlikely to happen (unless your blog article somehow contains less ...


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Will Google index all the forum topics if they share one PHP file and use URL parameters? Short answer? Yes. More than one site I had was all parameter driven just like you are suggesting. One with millions of pages. They all worked fine in the search engines. You will want to concentrate on on-page SEO and not rely specifically on the parameters. For ...


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