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How to make vanilla more SEO friendly and get more indexed pages
i know there are some other posts about seo but i got the problem that the forum doesn't get indexed very well. From 1500 discussions i get 100 pages indexed in google. that is nothing. im even using the sitemap plugin that i found here on the forum (i checked the sitemap and it is valid, includes all my discussions and was correctly submitted to google sitemaps.) i know failry well about SEO as I have worked in this field for a company for several years already. Somebody said in another post that meta tags don't matter anymore and google doesn't use them...That is NOT true. maybe the keywords are not so important anymore BUT the descriptions definitely. If all pages on a website would have the same description google would think those pages are the same (or very similar) and it would only index one or a few of them. To conteract this a plugin that does the following could make a big difference: The plugin should take the fires 2 or 3 lines of text form the first post in a discussion and enter it as the description Meta tag. From my experience Im very sure this would help immensely. Google LOVES unique descriptions. It is very important to have. Right now, every single discussion that is indexed in google shows the same text as description in the search results which is: "Vanilla 1.0.3 is a product of Lussumo. More Information: Documentation, Community Support. Please sign in or apply for membership to post in this forum ..." Believe me when I say that this is NOT good for search engine results. Also, the same person that said that the meta tags are unimportant went on to say that the url names are also not important and that google indexes dynamic urls. url names are very important (and im using the friendly url extension). it can make a big difference in search results. and yes, google does index dynamic urls BUT HTML is still king. So we have to do everything to make google better index dynamic pages. The proposed plugin above would definitely make a difference.
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