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Do The Urls Of Forum Pages Matter?
Posted 01 September 2008 - 11:54 PM
contains goofy characters and isnt really relevantly named to the post.
is it better to have a more standard url naming for your forum pages in regards to how they get indexed and where they show in the results?
i have seen some phpbb (the scripting my forum uses) mods that proclaim to change the links to static links named with more relevant names to the topic, is this something worth installing or would it make no difference?
Posted 02 September 2008 - 04:53 AM
Short answer, nice URLs are a bonus but they WILL NOT teleport your site to higher rankings as some people suggest.
Posted 02 September 2008 - 07:32 AM
No goofy characters there. Those are all completely valid characters to be in a url.
This doesn't really matter to rankings. Not nearly as much as many seem to think it does. And you'd end up placing unnecessary load on your server to do all of the extra parsing required to deliver pages of your forum, especially if it ever became busy.
If you do a forum search for something like "keyword urls" you'll find some of the seemingly hundreds of discussions we've had previously about loading up the url with keywords.
Posted 02 September 2008 - 07:48 AM
It's fine. As you can see, this forum's posts are all indexed fine.
Posted 03 September 2008 - 12:30 AM
The site's improved > 20% within a couple of months, better then the stable long term trend of about 5 -10% improvement per month. There are no links within the site with URL as anchor text. Of course it's impossible to isolate URLs as a cause. But on the surface, it looks like..
Speaking of URL as anchor text, that's particularly relevant in a forum, or would be without nofolo.
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