Posts under ‘SEO’

Add canonical links to phpBB

It’s old news that Google and other major search engines have added support for the <link rel=”canonical”> tag to help cut down on duplicate indexing of web pages. While plugins for WordPress, Drupal and Magneto E-Commerce have been released, there has been none such modification for phpBB, where it is, arguably, most needed. phpBB administrators […]

Prevent duplicate indexing while moving threads in phpBB

Moving a thread from one forum to another cause duplicate indexing issues in phpBB3. In such cases, both the old URL and the new URL return a “200 Found” header response, even though the thread doesn’t exist in the old forum. Ideally, the old URL should 301 redirect to the new URL. In this post […]

Add keywords and description to phpBB’s index page without installing a mod

In these days of intelligent search engines, meta keywords and descriptions do not play a major role in SEO. Crawlers are more interested in the contents of the page rather than it’s keywords and descriptions. However, some people might still want to add keywords and descriptions to their pages, seeing that search engines like Yahoo […]

WWW or no-WWW?

Webmasters often face this dilemma – to include www in front of their domain or to exclude it. This is an oft-argued about topic in many webmasters’ discussion forums. However, there are some advantages and disadvantages on both sides. Advantages : Not using WWW : WWW is actually a subdomain. Would you like users to […]

Prevent duplicate indexing of phpBB3 threads by Google

In a default phpBB3 installation(without an SEO mod), the same thread can be accessed through many URLs. For example, the thread Favourite Animorphs fanfiction can be accessed through these different URLs : http://animorphsfanforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=60 http://animorphsfanforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=5&p=659 http://animorphsfanforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=60&p=659 http://animorphsfanforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=60&p=659#p659 http://animorphsfanforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=60 http://animorphsfanforum.com/viewtopic.php?p=659 http://animorphsfanforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=60&st=0&sk=t&sd=a http://animorphsfanforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=60&st=0&sk=t&sd=a#p659 The agressive Googlebot might pick almost all of those links and it might lead to […]