Msg#: 4549725 posted 5:49 am on Feb 28, 2013 (gmt 0)
I have an active discussion forum in my website. Now some of the posts comes in google search 1st page., some on later pages also. This shows that these are indexed by google bots. But some of the posts with even seo friendly title and threads are not showing, does that mean they are not indexed by google ? How can i show them in google search. In GWT Fetch to googlebot is there, but that is not practical for so many posts. The only option i am thinking is to create sitemap xml file which contains all the URLs of the posts and submit it to GWT. Will this help ?
Msg#: 4549725 posted 3:24 pm on Feb 28, 2013 (gmt 0)
But some of the posts with even seo friendly title and threads are not showing, does that mean they are not indexed by google ?
You can tell if example.com/some-folder/some-page.php is indexed at Google by searching for [site:example.com/some-folder/some-page.php] without the brackets. My guess is that the URLs are more than likely indexed, but they are simply not ranking for the keyword phrases for which you are searching.
If your forums are setup with good navigational structures, the engines should be able to easily discover and index your URLs (especially the first X pages/posts within each forum). But the deeper and deeper forum posts/threads fall into the archives, the less likely it is that they will continue to be indexed and to rank. Once a thread is 25 pages deep in the archive for example, it's not being pasted nearly as much link juice as if it were linked to on the first couple of pages worth of post/threads in that forum. So over time, if threads don't acquire external links, their rankings often dwindle and they can even get deindexed at some point if you have tons of activity on the site.
Msg#: 4549725 posted 6:51 pm on Feb 28, 2013 (gmt 0)
Which forum software you are using? Some are horrible in terms of basic SEO as installed with all defaults. The problems galore include PHP session IDs in the urls, multiple (dozens) of different URLs for the same content, some templates have H1 tags missing and the list goes on and on.