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?
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.
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.