Google not indexing my forum!

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I've had my forum for about 7 years now, and not a single page of it is indexed. It stops after the first page!

How can I allow google bots to index my forum?

All help is appreciated.

edit: Just in case you guys need to see the code or something... http://www.doink.biz/forum
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7 Years? The whois lookup showed that this domain was registered in 2005. Did they even have .biz domains back in 2000?

Anyway, looks like Google is spidering your topics, not all of them, but GoogleBot is getting in:

http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=n ... oink%2ebiz
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I think U need make sitemap and make robot.txt
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vetofunk wrote:
7 Years? The whois lookup showed that this domain was registered in 2005. Did they even have .biz domains back in 2000?


The .biz domain extension was created in 2001. Not sure where 7 years comes from, but this is not important.

Hopefully the previous help was helpful.
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Well.... make a sitemap.php and link to all the categories of your forums in it with the proper Anchor texts!

Take care

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SB wrote:
vetofunk wrote:
7 Years? The whois lookup showed that this domain was registered in 2005. Did they even have .biz domains back in 2000?


The .biz domain extension was created in 2001. Not sure where 7 years comes from, but this is not important.

Hopefully the previous help was helpful.


Actually it can be important. Having domain for a little over a year vs. 6-7 years can have some different effects on positioning and what happened during the the life of this domain. Also, if your not being truthful about the domain itself, how do we know they are telling the truth about other site info?
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You do have a point vetofunk. I never really gave my reply a great deal of thought, i don't belong in these forums :lol:
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No problem SB. :-)
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Just create a sitemap for your forum and submit it to Google Webmaster Tools. I had an active forum for a long time, but for some reason it wasn't getting indexed even though I had a SEO mod installed on it, but submitting a sitemap to Webmaster Tools helped.
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7 years - google can index the domain if it's not registered yet :)

Anyway, your urls are like this:
http://doink.biz/forum/index.php?showtopic=1253

take a look at ozzu.com urls - straight html and it's still a dinamic forum.
The change can be done in 30 min with the right script .... when you'll have all the pages in the forum in straight html at at least on out side link that willpoint to your site (from a page that is indxed by google) - it will take under 60 days to have all the forum indexed.


I had a forum with dynamic url and google was indexing only about 10 000 pages from a total of more then 200 000. Whne we've changed all pages to straight html - that took a day :) - the forum was idexed in less then 10 days - 95% of it ....
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robots.txt

I thought that was only to prevent bots from crawling.

drojdierii wrote:
7 years - google can index the domain if it's not registered yet :)

Anyway, your urls are like this:
http://doink.biz/forum/index.php?showtopic=1253

take a look at ozzu.com urls - straight html and it's still a dinamic forum.
The change can be done in 30 min with the right script .... when you'll have all the pages in the forum in straight html at at least on out side link that willpoint to your site (from a page that is indxed by google) - it will take under 60 days to have all the forum indexed.


I had a forum with dynamic url and google was indexing only about 10 000 pages from a total of more then 200 000. Whne we've changed all pages to straight html - that took a day :) - the forum was idexed in less then 10 days - 95% of it ....


Wow I never noticed! How can I accomplish this with Invision Board 1.3?

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Just create a sitemap for your forum and submit it to Google Webmaster Tools. I had an active forum for a long time, but for some reason it wasn't getting indexed even though I had a SEO mod installed on it, but submitting a sitemap to Webmaster Tools helped.


Some one suggested this before, and I asked them how I would make a sitemap for a forum. Do I create a new section for every topic? I'd love it do it, just no clue as to how I would do it for a forum.


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7 years?

I made the site at the end of '99 & I purchased the domain in 05.

Prior to that I used free domains. (Back then I was all about not spending money on my sites; free host, domain etc with no ads...)
doink.tk, doink.vze.com, doink.cjb.com etc...

Oh the good 'ol days!


Thank you for the help!
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Are there any javascript menu links or weird urls links on your forum?
Sometimes spiders cannot follow these kind of links.

Or perhaps you should try building more inbound links, especially to your internal pages.
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hey I must say this thread is quiet informative.... great going guys... keep rocking!

Tom :)
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To maximize chances:

Make a sitemap
Make sure each thread in forum have a unique title / headers
Make sure each thread gets keyword in its url
Get incoming links to your forum
Link to new/hot threads from your frontpage
Make sure your forum can be spidered (use tools to check this, e.g. sitemap generator or link checker)
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Thanks guys, I put up a sitemap with 4600 pages!

With the site map generator was no trouble at all.
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ogbecker wrote:
I've had my forum for about 7 years now, and not a single page of it is indexed. It stops after the first page!

How can I allow google bots to index my forum?

All help is appreciated.

edit: Just in case you guys need to see the code or something... http://www.doink.biz/forum


Google becomes tired of some special kinds of websites from time to time. For example it banned 99% of web directories about 2 years ago when the number of web directories became so high.

I think it is the same with forums. Of course I don't want to say Google will ban you site but at least it will not index most or all of the pages of your forum. I have seen it in one of my websites that has a forum.

It is also the same as article directories.

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