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Posted 19 April 2010 - 04:46 PM
It seems the pages would rank better since there are fewer of them to index, they contain all the info about that topic and the internal/external link weight isn't getting so diluted. I don't suspect a thread would have hundreds of replies very often so I'm not too worried about how this affects page size, but I also recognize this isn't standard practice so it's triggering that little warning in my head. I really have two questions:
1. Am I at risk of any kind of cloaking penalties with Google? I would think not since all the content is made visible via user interaction with the page.
2. Is this likely to have a positive impact on SE traffic?
Posted 19 April 2010 - 07:23 PM
Please don't take this the wrong way, as I am only curious. But what do you mean by "avoid pagination on the threads for SEO reasons"? There's about as many different points of view on how to optimize for search as there are SEOs, so while some ways may be wrong, many ways are right.
So, what I am interested in knowing is:
- Are you trying to accomplish something specific
- Are you trying to avoid something specific
It seems to me that most Web forum software these days works just fine with search engines. It's been suggested that Web forum threads may actually have a hard time ranking because of specific filters -- although I'm not convinced that is entirely true. Still, if the search engines feel their users don't want to find a lot of discussion threads in core search results, your efforts may go unrewarded (or less rewarded).
Posted 19 April 2010 - 09:22 PM
With other sites I've had not all the pages get indexed due to too many pages/not enough link weight and it's seems rare for anything other than page 1 of threads to rank well so it would seem all that other great content isn't bring in much traffic.
Posted 20 April 2010 - 07:59 AM
Not that I think you need to do anything at all or it will make a difference.
Posted 20 April 2010 - 09:55 AM
You don't think having a single long page of content or breaking that same content up among 5 pages (for example) makes any difference? Some of your replies on other threads here seem to say the opposite. Perhaps you were referring to the canonical links not making a difference.
Posted 20 April 2010 - 11:14 AM
It's usually the opposite. Having more pages can be better since each page may have a different focus, and each page gives you the opportunity to be found by more words.
Long scrolling pages are not often as usable either.
Posted 20 April 2010 - 01:13 PM
That being said, most forum software lets you set the page breaks. I think we have this one set to show 15 posts per page...? Something like that. But we could just as easily set it to 50 posts per page.
Posted 20 April 2010 - 02:57 PM
Frankly, I'm not sure of what the value of having ALL the posts indexed would be. A lot of discussions turn silly.
As an SEO you want to support good crawl and you know you need inbound PageRank flow but Web forums get messy quickly.
I suppose what you're proposing is as reasonable as anything else I've seen.
Posted 21 April 2010 - 04:07 PM
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