Presently I have it set at 20 per page, but I'm thinking about changing this. I'm torn which way to go. Increasing would concentrate good content (the forum offers loads of good 'on topic' discussion) into the first page and reduces pagination. OTOH, reducing the number of posts gets more pages indexed.
What's the perceived benefit of getting more pages with fewer content indexed? In my experience, it's been easier to get fewer pages with more content to rank well. Since all posts are on and within the same topic, why spread it thin?
I run 25 "standard" and provide options to the user to change that number (just like you can here at Webmasterworld). I also like pages that load fairly quickly, which can be up to 40-50 posts per page if there aren't too many images or avatars in the mix.
Msg#: 4342874 posted 4:52 am on Aug 6, 2011 (gmt 0)
I changed to 30 per page about a week ago, and I've seen a ~30 percent drop in Google traffic. I'm guessing it's related to this, the only other thing is a server move around 5 weeks ago (I don't think it's that) or Infolinks Tag Cloud added around the same time (I don't this this is the problem either)...
Assuming it's the change in the number of posts that's caused the drop... how long do you think it will take to sort itself out?
Msg#: 4342874 posted 1:55 am on Aug 14, 2011 (gmt 0)
Well my traffic came back up... but I think it will take a lot longer to see the 'correction' so to speak, as I've discovered a real clanger of a bug in my forum software... the old pagination urls still resolve their content AND add a rel canonical... shocking!...
I've dealt with it by crafting some more pattern match entries in my robots.txt