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  • [Forum] VB Friendly URLs and Duplicate Content?

    Hi,

    By default it looks like vb4 uses "basic friendly URLs". I might be part of the minority, but I'd prefer the standard URLs so I have chosen that setting instead. My only worry is it appears that even though you've chosen standard URLs, both the basic and advanced friendly URLs still work. For instance, if my first thread was titled "First Post" and I have selected standard URLs, I would browse to that page with the URL "showthread.php?t=1", but using "showthread.php?1-First-Post" and "showthread.php/1-First-Post" formats still work. In fact even using a URL such as "showthread.php?1-random-gibberish-fdsfsdfds" would still direct to that first post. Just wondering if search engines would see this as duplicate content?

    Assuming that search engines wouldn't see it as duplicate content and that it's not really a problem, is there a way I can remove this behaviour anyways? I'd much prefer that other URL formats would go to a 404 or invalid thread page.

    Thanks.

  • #2
    Same problem here! Any support?

    Thanks in advance.

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    • #3
      Please try creating a bug report so developers can take a look at it.

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      • #4
        I think the reason showthread.php?1-random-gibberish-fdsfsdfds works is because it's got the post ID in the string.

        And search engines will only pick up URLs from links so unless someone linked to a thread with that query google, etc wouldn't pick it up.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Alex Older View Post
          I think the reason showthread.php?1-random-gibberish-fdsfsdfds works is because it's got the post ID in the string.

          And search engines will only pick up URLs from links so unless someone linked to a thread with that query google, etc wouldn't pick it up.
          it's not good that this is an option
          someone could easily make 1,000 of links to the same page and ruin your rankings
          example
          http://www.vbulletin.com/forum/showt...licate-Content
          http://www.vbulletin.com/forum/showt...Condddddddtent
          http://www.vbulletin.com/forum/showt...ddddde-Content

          all point to the same info
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          • #6
            I know it's not good, but incoming links are good. Google doesn't know its the same information.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Alex Older View Post
              I know it's not good, but incoming links are good. Google doesn't know its the same information.
              LMAO...

              ya okay
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              • #8
                @Hikikomori
                I am not sure if this is a bug as my installation behaves different.

                Did you set
                Enforce Canonical URL = Strict
                Enforce Canonical URL for Registered Users = Yes
                ?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Andreas View Post
                  @Hikikomori
                  I am not sure if this is a bug as my installation behaves different.

                  Did you set
                  Enforce Canonical URL = Strict
                  Enforce Canonical URL for Registered Users = Yes
                  ?
                  Oops, I already made a bug report as advised by Lizard King. I have tried setting the enforce canonical URL to strict and after a clear look I see now it redirects guests to the standard URL format. I assume this is a 301 redirect so it shouldn't be a problem for duplicate content. I have actually played around with these settings before and didn't even notice that they did that as I was so focused on trying to see a invalid thread/404 page that I thought those options didn't even make a difference.

                  However, I don't see the "Enforce Canonical URL for Registered Users" option in my admincp, or at least I can't seem to find it. Anyone know where I can find this setting?

                  In the end I'd probably prefer to have an option so that other URL formats would not work as people can make threads such as "showthread.php?1-free-money-here" or "showthread.php?1-hot-girls" to get people to go to certain threads. Probably the chance of that happening is slim, I guess I'm just a little picky.

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