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  • James
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    vB 4.0 SEO Features

    vBulletin 4.0 will include a few features that will help your community content be better indexed by search engines.

    Search engine optimisation is an inexact science, and when putting together the slate of features we spent time researching the latest thinking around what factors lead to positive benefits, including absorbing existing research on sites such as seomoz.org.

    The features that have been created for vBulletin 4.0 are the main factors that we consider will have the greatest positive impact in terms of search engine ranking. Instead of including hundreds of options that can be infinitely tweaked, the features chosen consist of semantic HTML packed with content meta-data, the reduction in the amount of duplicate content and search engine friendly URLS for forums, threads and member profile pages.

    Built in features

    Keyword Use in Title Tag - The HTML title of the key vBulletin pages now better represents the content within the page, and extraneous information (such as "Page x") have now been removed.

    NOFOLLOW tag for all external links.

    Duplicate content reduced - by altering the operation of the showpost.php file to redirect cleanly to showthread.php.

    Meta description and keywords - now populated with relevant, meaningful page level content, including tag data and content snippets.

    Friendly URL options

    For 4.0, there is a new area within the admin control panel that will allow you to switch on friendly URLs that will work in conjunction with server redirects (.htaccess) where supported.

    [ATTACH]326[/ATTACH]

    For threads, the following URL structures for threads, member profiles and forums are created for each of the options:

    Standard URLs - as exists at present:
    • showthread.php?t=12345
    • member.php?u=12345
    • forumdisplay.php?f=123


    Basic Friendly URLs:
    • showthread.php?1234-Thread-Title
    • member.php?1234-Username
    • forumdisplay.php?12-Forum-Title


    Advanced Friendly URLs
    • showthread.php/1234-Thread-Title
    • member.php/1234-Username
    • forumdisplay.php/12-Forum-Title


    Mod Rewrite Friendly URLs
    • threads/1234-Thread-Title
    • members/1234-Username
    • forums/1234-Forum-Title


    Search Engine Sitemap

    vBulletin 4.0 will include a built in XML site map system that provides a machine readable index of forum posts and threads.

    Google and other supported search engines will be able to access the sitemap, which will facilitate a greater amount of site content being included within the search engine index.


    If you have any questions, suggestions or thoughts on the planned SEO functionality for vBulletin 4.0, please post a comment. Thanks!

    More development blog posts coming soon.

    -James

    • abdobasha2004
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      abdobasha2004 commented
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      Keyword Use in Title Tag - The HTML title of the key vBulletin pages now better represents the content within the page, and extraneous information (such as "Page x") have now been removed.
      removing page will creat a lot of duplicate title tags, this is not seo at all
      all pages of a thread will have the sma title then, .. !!

    • abdobasha2004
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      abdobasha2004 commented
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      plz put in consideration the option to rewrite urls as :
      threads/1234

      number only without titles
      I just think it is better

    • RoadTripper
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      RoadTripper commented
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      Will there will be a plug-in option to eliminate/ invalidate the nofollow attribute? (To be clear, the forum admin should have the option of determining whether the nofollow attribute is active on their forums).
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