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I, Brian
2004-Jan-17, 06:26 PM
Hi there -

Here's a free tip for you: if you want users to find your forum threads much more easily on search engines such as Google, then harmonise your links to your forum. :)

At the moment the forum software links to itself using the URL:

http://www.universetoday.com/forum/index.php

However, in the nav bar, your forum is being linked by the URL:

http://www.universetoday.com/forum/

Google and co. will actually therefore read the two URLs as two different pages, and assign a different importance to each according to how well they are linked to.

In short that means that if you were to link from your navbar using the URL: http://www.universetoday.com/forum/index.php then Google wouldn't think there are two pages of differing importance - just 1 page of particular importance.

If you like the idea of people finding your threads on the search engines, then it's a useful thing to do. :0

A free tip, btw. :)

I actually just started up an internet marketing company, but I figure it would be bad form to post a personal promotional link, so I'll just leave the tip as that. Any questions, feel free to ask. :)

Fraser
2004-Jan-18, 08:28 PM
Great, catch, thanks! I'm fixing it right now.

DippyHippy
2004-Jan-18, 11:55 PM
LOL Brian - thanks for the heads up!! :)