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soapystar

7:53 pm on Feb 12, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Just wondering if anybody has experienced negative issues with google after adding forum content to a site already well ranked. Ive heard conincidental anecdotes where there has been a loss of rankings for one reason or other. Any thoughts?

Brett_Tabke

12:44 pm on Feb 17, 2005 (gmt 0)

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That is such a generic statement soapy, that it could mean anything.

What's the real question here?

ogletree

7:33 am on Feb 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

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It can bring in a lot of traffic. I would be carefull in competitive areas. I would not put up a few thousands threads about debt consolidation on a antique hobby site. Keep it on topic.

Total Paranoia

9:38 am on Feb 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I would be carefull in competitive areas.

I cannot imagine there being any negative issues as far as Google goes with adding a forum to a website. Ogletree, why do you tell soapy to be careful?

soapystar

10:17 am on Feb 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

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i recall past threads where adding forums to a live site had seen the number of indexed pages of the site drop. THis would be an ontopic forum, city forum to a city site. I guess its a bit generic Brett but i just figured it would cover any issue surrounding it. What im REALLY asking is should i be aware of any POSSIBLE senarios where Google is concerned. Im not sure the best way to approach this i.e. forum under main domain, subdomain or new domain.

soapystar

2:08 pm on Feb 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

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sorry, i didnt make it clear, im looking to add original forum content, wanted to make sure there were no obvious issues i need to be wary of while doing this.

ogletree

5:19 pm on Feb 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

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He said forum content not a forum. My advice has nothing to do with adding a forum just adding content which would conatate adding forum content yourself.

Spine

7:55 pm on Feb 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I had google crawl my forum, the problem is that at the time I didn't know about session IDs. Google got different session IDs for each time it tried to crawl through the forum, so they ended up with 300 versions of the same page with a unique ID in the URL.

I think it caused me quite a bit of trouble, until I found the problem and removed the URLs from googles index.

I removed the forum altogether too, for now at least.

soapystar

9:12 pm on Feb 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

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