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    I was wondering why exactly vbulletin doesn't have search engine friendly urls built in. If you see the forum archive, you will notice they have search engine friendly urls. So why not give the same feature for the front-end? vB really should consider this feature!
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    It's 2006. Most search engines, like Google, have little trouble indexing vB. And SEO is really only as good as your board's content.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Quillz View Post
      It's 2006. Most search engines, like Google, have little trouble indexing vB. And SEO is really only as good as your board's content.
      So what? So they index the pages. Duh no one is saying they don't do this. The benefit of static urls is they are cleaner and allow the possibility to put keywords in there.

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      • #4
        SEO updates every other week and the archive requires Apache to work properly, we could sit and grease up the rest of the board with this snake oil but rather than spend weeks if not months on that we'd rather do more constructive things.

        SEO is a very dynamic industry that changes often as I'm sure those in the industry will agree.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by BamaStangGuy View Post
          So what? So they index the pages. Duh no one is saying they don't do this. The benefit of static urls is they are cleaner and allow the possibility to put keywords in there.
          Then what would be the point of the archive? I thought that was what it was there for. As to why the front-end doesn't do this, I don't know why.
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            Originally posted by Scott MacVicar View Post
            SEO updates every other week and the archive requires Apache to work properly, we could sit and grease up the rest of the board with this snake oil but rather than spend weeks if not months on that we'd rather do more constructive things.

            SEO is a very dynamic industry that changes often as I'm sure those in the industry will agree.
            Human friendly URL's might be nice though. Not nessary for any of the SEO benifits.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Quillz View Post
              Then what would be the point of the archive? I thought that was what it was there for. As to why the front-end doesn't do this, I don't know why.
              vBulletin already includes an option to redirect the archive to the original thread. IMO that is what the archive is suppose to be used for. More of a sitemap.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Scott MacVicar View Post
                ... but rather than spend weeks if not months on that we'd rather do more constructive things.

                Like a photo gallery?

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                • #9
                  IMO that is what the archive is suppose to be used for. More of a sitemap.
                  archive to be used as sitemap :S
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by SaN-DeeP View Post
                    archive to be used as sitemap :S
                    Well rename it if you must. But the way that it is setup in vBulletin is not the way it should be used imo. It is not as efficent.

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                    • #11
                      because it's not as page heavy, google ranks pages that are extremely light in file size better than those that are heavy.

                      Plus, there is a lot of junk taken out of the archives which pushes up the prominence of the keyword relevancy factors

                      Originally posted by Quillz View Post
                      Then what would be the point of the archive? I thought that was what it was there for. As to why the front-end doesn't do this, I don't know why.
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                      • #12
                        You got a lot of learning to do bud if you want to get a head start in this game of SEO.

                        Originally posted by Zachery View Post
                        Human friendly URL's might be nice though. Not nessary for any of the SEO benifits.
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                        • #13
                          Wow old thread! LOL

                          My forum has never been SEO'ed, and it's still rank extremely high within its respective category. I guess most people want human friendly URL because it's assumed that search engines give priority to URLs that have keywords in them.
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                          • #14
                            If all of these features are indeed added, you lose the edge over others in your category also using vBulletin but not making specific work of extra SEO work done on your domain.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Vtec44 View Post
                              Wow old thread! LOL

                              My forum has never been SEO'ed, and it's still rank extremely high within its respective category. I guess most people want human friendly URL because it's assumed that search engines give priority to URLs that have keywords in them.
                              agreed, my sites up in the middle of a heap of forums on the first page that all have seo and i dont sometimes i think its over rated vbseo.
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