Welcome to the board. We discourage link dropping (especially anything that can be construed as self promotion - thanks for yeilding to that.).
Not unless you move to an html like extension. Ikonboard does not index well due to the format of it's cgi strings.
....oh .... bugger .....
Thanks, so all that work has been a waste of time?
Can you recommend a messageboard - like structure that indexes well in Google?
(Would this be better in aother forum? - if so please feel free to move it :)
Of hand, UBB is the only one I am aware of that has HTML extensions available out of the box.
Discusware might. Older versions used to but I don't know if they still do.
Google must be learning. I've got a cutecast board (perl script based) with the extension PL on every result page. I swear I didn't think google would index a friggin' perl script and spent a couple days last week looking for a good alternative (never really found one I particularly liked, btw). Now, with the dance going, I'm noticing that it my boards got indexed last month. WooHoo!
I use Snitz Forums and Google seems to be finding some of the pages. What I [big]really want to know is...[/big]How to you edit the script so the pages will have unique titles and metatags?
I can convert each of my threads from my Snitz forum to static .html pages which have redirects in them to the original thread (Snitz is ASP based using MS Access database.) I have a utility that can do this automatically. Also, it puts in a redirect to the original thread.
Will Google penalize my site or refuse to index these html files because of the redirect?
I'm using something like the following:
<meta http-equiv="Refresh" content="7; URL=http://wwWebmasterWorldebsite.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=29">
It's a 7 second pause before it does it.. plus it just forwards them to the exact same thread - expect it's coming from the database instead of the static page.
What do you think?
You can try PhpBB, now with the available mod, you can give it a static output and search engines do spider it :)
As Needscripts mentions, Phpbb2 is free and has in fact more than one modification which enables full spidering and indexation of a forum. It is not for the faint hearted however as I can testify, as I have carried out the modifications on my own forum pages and you do need some basic html/php skills.
Check the domain in my profile and click on 'Forum' for an example. It's German lannguage but you will see what the modifications have done in comparison to the default phpbb forum. Googlebot went to town all over my forum on Monday for the first time, so I'm like a kid waiting for Christmas to see what turns up next update :-)
Contact me off group if you want more details.