homepage Welcome to WebmasterWorld Guest from 23.22.179.210
register, free tools, login, search, pro membership, help, library, announcements, recent posts, open posts,
Become a Pro Member
Home / Forums Index / WebmasterWorld / New To Web Development
Forum Library, Charter, Moderators: brotherhood of lan & mack

New To Web Development Forum

    
My Forum Isn't Being Found
I need advice on if my forum is going to be found by search engines in its
ColinMI




msg:3765457
 4:08 pm on Oct 14, 2008 (gmt 0)

Any comments would be greatly appreciated.

Our web site has a forum which is contained within an i-frame on our web site. I have spent some time with our web designer who assures me that he has made it accessible to search engines and this would be backed up by quite a few pages being returned in site search results on Yahoo and a large number in MSN Live searches.

We don't have many links directly back into the forum and our web designer says that this is a key factor in our forum not being found.

I really need to understand if we are going in the right direction, if we need to host the forum somewhere else separate to the main site or if it is, indeed, down to the lack of links directly into the forum pages.

We are using the Snitz 2000 forum.

As I said earlier, any advice will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance,
Colin Stroud

[edited by: brotherhood_of_LAN at 5:53 am (utc) on Oct. 15, 2008]
[edit reason] No personal URLs please, as per ToS, thanks [/edit]

 

brotherhood of LAN




msg:3765893
 6:04 am on Oct 15, 2008 (gmt 0)

Hello Colin, welcome to the forums.

Our web site has a forum which is contained within an i-frame on our web site. I have spent some time with our web designer who assures me that he has made it accessible to search engines and this would be backed up by quite a few pages being returned in site search results on Yahoo and a large number in MSN Live searches.

I had a quick look at your site and noticed that if I loaded the iframe directly, a javascript redirect would redirect me. This may be an issue with search engines, I couldn't say for sure.

We don't have many links directly back into the forum and our web designer says that this is a key factor in our forum not being found.

True. There is a forum here at WebmasterWorld dedicated to link development [webmasterworld.com] because it's such an integral part of promoting a site online. Be careful about/whether choosing to pay for links or pay someone to look for you as it's not about quantity of links.

I really need to understand if we are going in the right direction, if we need to host the forum somewhere else separate to the main site or if it is, indeed, down to the lack of links directly into the forum pages.

I'd only host it separately from your site if you feel there's an issue with moderation of users posts, or it's a processing drain on your server- otherwise fine.

What purpose would you like your forum to have? Perhaps the discussion of an interesting topic or to boost sales on your main site? It depends on what you want your forum to be.

Also I wouldn't worry about the forum software too much, if MSN and Yahoo can spider your forum then Google shouldn't have a problem.

ColinMI




msg:3765959
 9:21 am on Oct 15, 2008 (gmt 0)

Thanks Brotherhood,

Our web designer did the redirection to make the forum more accessible but to keep it within the i-frame for aesthetic reasons and, I suppose, one question I do have is whether this has helped our cause or if it is frowned upon by search engines.

I will definitely look in the "Link Development" forum to get some insight into what we should be doing - thank you for pointing me in the right direction.

As far as our forum goes, it is there for a couple of reasons. The first is for it to be a place where our members can discuss, debate and introduce themselves, and is there to be a networking tool. The second is to create interest in what we are doing - we understand that any web site is found by a number of different means and this (we assumed) was one of them.

My question about using the Snitz forum would be whether it is a good one to use. We chose it because, working to a tight budget, it was free and therefore appealing and, of course, it was written in the same language as our site - asp. This may have been misguided, I have read some comments about the Snitz Forum that could be more complimentary saying it is quite old fashioned and wondered whether there was a newer version or a more up to date forum that we could use.

Thanks Again and any further information will be gratefully appreciated.

Colin

[edited by: brotherhood_of_LAN at 9:24 am (utc) on Oct. 15, 2008]
[edit reason] No personal URLs or sig lines please, as per ToS, thanks [/edit]

bilalseo




msg:3766353
 7:04 pm on Oct 15, 2008 (gmt 0)

submit your website to Google for reconsideration, and remove the i-frames. Google just hate it.

Global Options:
 top home search open messages active posts  
 

Home / Forums Index / WebmasterWorld / New To Web Development
rss feed

All trademarks and copyrights held by respective owners. Member comments are owned by the poster.
Home ¦ Free Tools ¦ Terms of Service ¦ Privacy Policy ¦ Report Problem ¦ About ¦ Library ¦ Newsletter
WebmasterWorld is a Developer Shed Community owned by Jim Boykin.
© Webmaster World 1996-2014 all rights reserved