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Postby leerees » Fri Mar 02, 2007 6:31 pm

have a look at polishforums.com

I've noticed that they are using a lot of the mods from here however I've also noticed that they display the most recent 25 posts at the bottom of the index page (topics anywhere mod?)

Is this a good thing to do in terms of SEO?

Will google visit them more often because their index content is always changing?
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Postby Peter77 » Sat Mar 03, 2007 12:29 pm

It's a good thing, sure. Bot's heart those links and will definitely crawl them. Can help a lot to get your forum's content indexed.
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Postby HB » Sat Mar 03, 2007 1:17 pm

From my reply to you on phpBB:

HB wrote:In theory, internal links are considered in the distribution of page rank within a site. For example, a frequently linked article within your site will have higher rank than another article with only one internal link. That said, I would not bother with a recent posts section unless you feel it enhances your membership's enjoyment of the site. The site you mentioned is using it to show a cross-forum view and it does make it appear more "active."

BTW, in a recent demonstration of openness, Google webmaster tools added tabs in their sitemaps interface for showing links from internal and external pages, eliminating any doubt that they track inter-site linking. What they actually do with it SEO-wise, one can only speculate.
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Postby dcz » Sat Mar 03, 2007 2:25 pm

To me these can help out to have new content indexed fastest.

The forum index is the page supposed to end up with the greatest PageRank, thus one of the most often crawled, as it's the most linked one in you forum, so it can be good to have a last active topic listing on it.

Now, phpbb index being already one of the heaviest page to load for the server, you as well want to keep it loading quick.

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