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vB 4.0 SEO Features


  • James
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    vB 4.0 SEO Features

    vBulletin 4.0 will include a few features that will help your community content be better indexed by search engines.

    Search engine optimisation is an inexact science, and when putting together the slate of features we spent time researching the latest thinking around what factors lead to positive benefits, including absorbing existing research on sites such as

    The features that have been created for vBulletin 4.0 are the main factors that we consider will have the greatest positive impact in terms of search engine ranking. Instead of including hundreds of options that can be infinitely tweaked, the features chosen consist of semantic HTML packed with content meta-data, the reduction in the amount of duplicate content and search engine friendly URLS for forums, threads and member profile pages.

    Built in features

    Keyword Use in Title Tag - The HTML title of the key vBulletin pages now better represents the content within the page, and extraneous information (such as "Page x") have now been removed.

    NOFOLLOW tag for all external links.

    Duplicate content reduced - by altering the operation of the showpost.php file to redirect cleanly to showthread.php.

    Meta description and keywords - now populated with relevant, meaningful page level content, including tag data and content snippets.

    Friendly URL options

    For 4.0, there is a new area within the admin control panel that will allow you to switch on friendly URLs that will work in conjunction with server redirects (.htaccess) where supported.


    For threads, the following URL structures for threads, member profiles and forums are created for each of the options:

    Standard URLs - as exists at present:
    • showthread.php?t=12345
    • member.php?u=12345
    • forumdisplay.php?f=123

    Basic Friendly URLs:
    • showthread.php?1234-Thread-Title
    • member.php?1234-Username
    • forumdisplay.php?12-Forum-Title

    Advanced Friendly URLs
    • showthread.php/1234-Thread-Title
    • member.php/1234-Username
    • forumdisplay.php/12-Forum-Title

    Mod Rewrite Friendly URLs
    • threads/1234-Thread-Title
    • members/1234-Username
    • forums/1234-Forum-Title

    Search Engine Sitemap

    vBulletin 4.0 will include a built in XML site map system that provides a machine readable index of forum posts and threads.

    Google and other supported search engines will be able to access the sitemap, which will facilitate a greater amount of site content being included within the search engine index.

    If you have any questions, suggestions or thoughts on the planned SEO functionality for vBulletin 4.0, please post a comment. Thanks!

    More development blog posts coming soon.


    • Globus
      Globus commented
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      Originally posted by coffee;bt5548
      For the SEO part; please make benefit from how Wikipedia add Non-English text to their URLs ..

      Wikipedia Arabic Link Example:المملكة_العربية_السعودية

      Above is altered to: A7%D9%84%D8%B3%D8%B9%D9%88%D8%AF%D9%8A%D8%A9

      The visitor will not see those sings, all he/she will see is the link with Arabic text as in the example.
      Could be an issue in my case. I am running Russian speaking board in New Zealand for Russian-speaking visitors from New Zealand. Theoretically, local New Zealand search engines will simply not index any URL which ends for exampleяудфтвус
      If above is –true, then I do not need new SEO features. Simple as that.
      However, as I am not a great believer in theory of keywords values within URL, I will be quite happy to use very simple/basic such as Just for my own convenience (easy URL redirect, etc..)
      vbSEO – I feel very reluctant to pay 160US for their product. To me it like paying 30K for the seat cover of 30K brand new car. Their price just does not fit in common sense. Why bother even think and compare them, if they so crazy? Also, check vbseo will not take you there.

      Get real. Get a live!

    • cedivad
      cedivad commented
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      I think that, first of all, you should think to rewrite other contents, like the page inside the upcoming vbcms. This would be really important.

    • FreshFroot_
      FreshFroot_ commented
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      Any new updates coming out on this issue James?
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