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My forum URLs look like this: domain.com/title-of-forum.html
and thread titles look like domain.com/thread1234.html
When i search google i see that barely any pages have been spidered, and some are from the OLD, OLD forum which happens to be like 4 months out of date.
What should i do to get the spiders eating me up? When i look for inbound links should i have people link directly to forums, or to the domain itself?
any input would be great, thanks a lot all.
It may take some time for your site to get fully spidered and for the pages to be listed in Google.
For example, if you don't have many inbound links, it could just be that spiders haven't found you yet in their regular crawl.
When getting a new site indexed it's advantageous to get inbound links from sites that are indexed fairly regularly. Try registering on a few forums and including your link in your signature (of course, don't spam and only include a sig if the forum allows it! :)).
As long as you have plenty of inbound links from different sources and your site has a spider friendly link structure (ie not too many links on each page, and each page can be reached within a few clicks) then it's just a waiting game - there's not a lot more you can do.
I think you guys are right that i may just simply not have many inbound links and this causes the spiders to not come by. I am going to work on linking the forum from various other sites.
Additionally I bought out another forum similarly, and now have it doing 404 redirects (via .htaccess) to my board... Could this be BAD in any way?