There are a few sites out there which claim to be search engines for forums and boards: they scan your forum content and produce summaries and stats on your content.
Forget about the issues of content copyright and them milking ad revenue from it but what about the pros / cons of such 'search engines'?
Will proper search engines penalise your site if you are listed?
Will users get confused if when searching for a subject they are first drawn to the SEfFB site first?
One particular site which has indexed a lot of my content is one which claims to be a 'board reader'. I thought this was a good idea at first but now I'm not too sure.
My site ranks well in G for keywords for standard info pages but not for forum pages. I have done quite a bit of seo on the forum, G indexes regularily, and yet the pages do not rank well.
Should I block these search engines for forums and boards?
[edited by: Frank_Rizzo at 10:37 am (utc) on Nov. 3, 2008]