this might help.
Making your Smf forum as SEO friendly as possible? How to Tips
SMF can be a difficult one to SEO for. There is this one kinda big SMF forum that I am a member of. It has 52,127 threads, and 629,718 Posts - google has only indexed 1,820 pages of that forum.
From around July 2008 - January 2009 I ran an SMF forum. When I switched to VB in Janaury, the number of pages that google crawled daily went up by 4 or 5 times.
I highly recommend a sitemap generator, and put some site links to some of the important sections in the footer of the forum.
If you have a blog somewhere, provide site links to some of the forum sections, and deep link to some of the threads.
thanks guys, it helped a lot. I have installed some mods like (pretty urls, sitemap generator) and more mods to make it SEO friendly and also restricted pages like sort, action and msg to avoid any duplicated content / titles etc. If you would like to see the forum you can visit at TPS Forums - Index and tell me what you think
Example of pretty url: Forums Launched
I highly recommend that you get rid of that standard captcha phrase and get recaptacha installed.
The spam bots broke the standard SMF captcha phrase a long time ago. If that is your only spam protection, your gonna be flooded pretty soon.
P.S @whatthehell: the mods do work! and I think they're effective and made the forums SE-Friendly specially the URLS
Last edited by Aziz; 17 January, 2010 at 09:45 AM.
garfish (16 December, 2009)
When I installed recaptcha, about 90% - 95% of the spam stopped.
It was getting really bad there for a little while, 3 - 5 spammers a day were signing up.
Aziz (17 December, 2009)