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In my recent article, I provided info on [B][URL="http://www.vbseo.com/f2/how-replace-showpost-links-permalinks-max-out-search-engine-crawling-efficiency-31454/"]how to remove showpost pages from your forum[/URL][/B] to dramatically increase crawling efficiency.
[B][COLOR=Blue]However, before you do so, you should first find out if you are getting any search traffic to your showpost pages and (if so) how much.[/COLOR][/B]
[B]We can do this with Google Analytics[/B].
Updated 10-31-2010 at 12:48 AM by Andrés Durán Hewitt
[B]Are you making the best use of Googlebot's time?[/B] If not, you are negatively impacting your SEO. One way to ensure that the time Googlebot spends on your forum is not wasted, is to get rid of inefficient, non-unique content. My focus here is on [B]showpost pages[/B].
While they are not "exact" copies of any other page on your site, all of the post content is already displayed on your thread pages. So they are [I][U]partial duplicates[/U][/I].
[B]If you want
[LIST][*][B][I]PageRank Withdrawal Syndrome[/I] (PWS): [/B]You see many people asking how to increase their Google PageRank, with an expressed urgency that shows they firmly believe it to still be the ultimate SEO factor.[*][I][B]Insider Wrath[/B][/I][B][I]yopia (i.e. Anger + Near Sightedness)[/I]:[/B] You see a lot of SEO insiders dismiss it as worthless, and then tell you to just build links. [/LIST]
Well - as it turns out, [B][U][COLOR=Blue]Google's
Updated 09-27-2008 at 11:07 AM by Joe Ward
[FONT=Arial]Most likely, [B][COLOR=Blue]YOU[/COLOR][/B], like many of us at one time or another, [B]are guilty[/B] of this:
You build a forum about cars, and you want to rank #1 for the term "cars", right? Or a forum about computers, and you want to be #1 for "PC", sound familiar?
There was a time (over 10 years ago now) when you would have a better shot at competing for top terms on the Internet. Search engines were much easier to manipulate, and the
[FONT=Arial] Your search long tail can be measured very easily. The main metric you should be considered with is [B]how many different keywords do you get traffic for?[/B]
You can determine this with your [URL="http://analytics.google.com/"]Google Analytics[/URL] account or other stats program. You should also be tracking your process using your [URL="http://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/"]Google Webmaster Tools account[/URL]. [URL="http://www.vbseo.com/f2/google-webmaster-tools-recommended-all-vbseo-customers-21230/"]Here[/URL]
Updated 11-19-2008 at 12:29 PM by Joe Ward