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SEO Etc.....

edited November 2006 in Vanilla 1.0 Help
I'd like to use Vanilla for a Forum I plan on creating. However I am worried that it won't get found (SEO). What are other people doing with SEO etc? How are your sites getting found? Les

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    TexTex
    edited November 2006
    See this extension http://lussumo.com/addons/?PostBackAction=AddOn&AddOnID=30 and this thread http://lussumo.com/community/discussion/3999/help-how-do-you-add-meta-tags/ According to my knowledge of Search engines, this should be enough. Of course you need to care about incoming links.
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    TomTesterTomTester New
    edited November 2006
    A regular Vanilla setup should be fully indexed once found.

    Meta-tags are rarely used by search engines and NOT used by google).
    Search engine friendly URLs can make a difference for some but do NOT matter for google (they index dynamic sites)
    I'd suggest using the sitemaps mechanism (google's and as of recent MSN/Yahoo) to ensure indexing of the most important pages (e.g. discussion and category pages)

    Search the forums for ideas on that (there is no sitemaps add-on yet, but I have high hopes).
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    TexTex
    edited November 2006
    Using services offered by search engines to get indexed by those is a thing, some people would not recommend. It's the same with the "nofollow" tag, introduced by Goggle. Search engines should not decide on how websites look and which technology they use. They do it indirect, of course. Having Meta Tags is better than not having them, even if it is not a strong argument. Search engines just started indexing dynamic URLs at the end of last year and still have problems with it. According to my knowledge, which might be outdated, of course.
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    dan39dan39 New
    edited November 2006
    Everything you need to know about SEO is right here: http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?answer=35769
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    TomTesterTomTester New
    edited November 2006
    @Tex: Optimizing for all search engines is difficult, so I pick the one that matters most
    (Google, 60-70% of all traffic for all of my sites as well as all of my clients' sites)

    You should really look into the sitemaps thing.

    It allows YOU to indicate which sections of the site can (need to) be indexed and how often,
    and descriptions for these pages. It does not require you to change the site itself at all,
    quite the opposite actually... it allows you more freedom, yet still provide search engines
    with information on your site's structure and the main/important (or all) pages on it.

    The nofollow tag is a slightly different story because it required action on the part of site
    owners, but it also solved a very important problem related to comment/forum spam in a
    very elegant way, so you don't hear me complain...

    @Joom, check out this discussion for some good info and tips on meta-tags:
    http://forums.searchenginewatch.com/showthread.php?threadid=11444</a
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