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  • [Forum] New links in vBulletin 4 compared to vBulletin 3

    Hi all,

    I notice that the links in vBulletin 4 show not a thread ID, but words (which is probably better for search engine optimization). My question is this: what will happen to old links when I upgrade from vB3 - and they still show on Google as the old link ID? Or will Google quickly correct it?

    Thanks in advance

  • #2
    The threadid are in the forum urls in vB4, but not vB5.

    The vB3 default URL structure maps into vB4 (and 5) with a 301 redirect.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Zachery View Post
      The threadid are in the forum urls in vB4, but not vB5.

      The vB3 default URL structure maps into vB4 (and 5) with a 301 redirect.
      Ah, so Google would automatically redirect such an old link to the new one? Sorry for my ignorance.

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      • #4
        YEs, and your old links continue to be redirected.

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        • #5
          Well, it seems my worst fears have come true. I upgraded to vBulletin 4 from vBulletin 3 in February, and I've seen a massive fall in traffic coming from Google. I attach my referral report from Google Analytics.

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          • #6
            Is there a way to see a more specific day/week the traffic began falling off? I know Google updated their "Panda" algorithm at the end of January 2013, curious if it may be part of the issue.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Joe D. View Post
              Is there a way to see a more specific day/week the traffic began falling off? I know Google updated their "Panda" algorithm at the end of January 2013, curious if it may be part of the issue.
              Hmm I think the breakdown by day is the closest I can get. It seems to be falling off at around the first half of February. I did my upgrade on 13 February.
              Last edited by JKerviel12; Fri 26 Jul '13, 2:21pm.

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              • #8
                Wait, you are right. It must have been Panda. I've narrowed down February, and it seems Google traffic has actually increased after my upgrade:

                http://i40.tinypic.com/244wavs.gif

                False alarm, sorry.

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