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Is it possible to outrank Google for a search term on their own search engine?

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 ...
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Preventing robots from crawling specific part of a page

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 ...
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Even nofollow links can hurt my website?

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 ...
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Preventing robots from crawling specific part of a page

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 ...
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How to implement rel=author on a page with multiple authors?

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://...
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What should the meta description on a forum website be?

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 ...
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Do search engines dislike subscriber exchanges on websites?

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 ...
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Is AdWords worth using for forums?

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 ...
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Migrating Iframe comments to a forum

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 ...
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Removing Forum & Forum Pages From Site

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 ...
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Identical spam coming from many different (but similar) IP addresses

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 ...
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Do crawlers add page views on a forum?

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 ...
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Open standard for forum content storage?

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: ......
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Preventing robots from crawling specific part of a page

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 ...
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Will Google index all the forum topics if they share one PHP file and use URL parameters?

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 ...
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Separate site in two domains to optimize SEO

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 ...
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Can you run a website anonymously?

Can you run a website anonymously? Yes you can. Lets first put the caveat out that there are legitimate reasons to want to do so. I think it's easy for some to instantly conflate wanting to host or ...
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Do the images located on my domain benefit me when I post them as images on third-party websites with "src" pointing to my domain?

It takes up space on your server, uses up some of your bandwidth, and increases server latency. In that sense it is not beneficial to your server. However, it may promote your domain through more ...
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How to add a few non-related pages without affecting SEO?

I guess you could noindex the pages therefore keeping search away from them.
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Prevent Googlebot from crawling "access denied" error (403) of private forum that are reported in Google Search Console?

Try adding a robots noindex directive for the private section of the site, or a robots noindex meta tag to said pages.
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Creating a board with thousands of forums

With modern forum software, is having many thousands of forums like this (using one copy of the forum software package for all forums) impractical for technical reasons? Part of the answer is ...
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Lead forum traffic to a website

In order to get more traffic for your new forum page yeah you should create new and interesting thread according to the category you added there. Also, you need to make new users and a few replies. So ...
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Lead forum traffic to a website

Yes it is. As an administrator on forum, you have acces to put sticky posts and to put announcment. Put global announcment and that's it. It will be seen on entire forum and it's subforums.
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Do search engines dislike subscriber exchanges on websites?

Trading for something will always make any website low quality. Take a example of this website. It's not about what you're doing with Youtube, then you'll lose your ranking because it is Google own ...
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What forum software should I use?

If the question you want to answer is genuinely "Where can I find a CMS/forum that has these features." then CMSmatrix has a search facility that enables selecting from over 1000 CMS by choosing the ...
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What should the meta description on a forum website be?

Short Answer - If you're using forum, then don't waste your time on it. There are too many myths about meta description, for example, Google will display your meta description as you have written, so ...
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Could adding a forum hurt SEO?

Put forum under sub domain. As noted above, Google considers a subdomain as different website from your main domain for SEO purposes. Limit signups to users who answer a specific challenge question ...
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Could adding a forum hurt SEO?

As you most probably already understood, if you can't control the high quality of the forum, it's probably not a good idea. Indeed, it can penalize your existing blog on SEO side, especially because ...
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sitemap.xml for a website with forum

It might surprise people exactly how old-school search engines are. Of course they have adapted well to all the new technologies such as AJAX and what not. However, much of what has always existed in ...
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Opening forum for search engine bots and SEO

I would suggest finding the plugin that will show users duplicate title when they are creating new thread on the forum. Also, the plugin will not allow users to submit the duplicate title post in the ...
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