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VBSEO-Style Addition to Thread and Forum Categories - SEO Benefits 2016-11-13

Did you love VBSEO on VB forums, and lack some of the SEO benefits of the plugin? - Try this tip

  1. Donny
    Compatible XF Versions:
    • 1.0
    • 1.1
    • 1.2
    • 1.3
    • 1.4
    • 1.5
    Additional Requirements:
    Nowt.
    License:
    Nowt.
    Updates Duration:
    None. Ever. So far at least.
    Visible Branding:
    No
    Hello XF lads and ladies,7

    This isn't an add-on you'll be downloading, or using the awesome add-on installer and updater for. This is just one or two lines of code that you'll customise and add to your templates (I'll tell you where, don't worry), to possibly increase your traffic.

    You'll need to consider how much content you have before you take on this mission. If you have no content, don't bother with this. Move along. There's other stuff you need to do first. However, if you run a medium to large forum, maybe this will work out for you like it has for me.

    Can anybody remember the VBSEO plugin for VB? It had a feature that allowed you to add (what I think was called) RR or Relevant Replacements.

    Well, with some simple additions to just one or two of your templates, I'm pleased to say you can do this with XF without needing to pay some dodgy firm who did go (or might go) bust a single penny (or dime, depending on which side of the pond you're from).+

    Q. WHAT ARE RELEVANT REPLACEMENTS?

    A. Couldn't tell you. What I can tell you, is they're not around now. So it couldn't have been that awesome.

    Q. SO WHY IS THIS ADVANTAGEOUS?

    A. Because although the term was rubbish, the actual theory behind it kinda was cool.

    Q. WHAT DOES THIS DO THEN?

    A. Glad you asked. Or, rather, stayed reading this much to hear this bit.....

    You can apply this to either a forum category (so forum_view) or thread (so thread_view) template, or both, to apply some text below the H1 to give search engines a little more info related to the thread title, pass some extra weight to the forum category the thread is in, and attribute the thread to the forum domain. I've found Google uses this text for some threads rather than the description put out by XF. Depending on what the thread is about etc. So it's handy in a couple of ways IMO.

    SO HOW DO YOU APPLY THIS?

    1) Search for your "thread view template" for your style.
    AdminCP > Appearance > Styles > YOUR STYLE > Templates > thread_view

    2) AFTER
    Code:
     </xen:h1>
    3) ADD
    Code:
    <p>Discuss {$thread.title} in the <a href="{xen:link forums, $forum}" title="{$forum.title}">{$forum.title}</a> area at YOURDOMAIN.COM.</p>
    This will add some extra text and a link to your main forum category in each thread.

    Then....

    1) Search for your "forum view template"
    AdminCP > Appearance > Styles > YOUR STYLE > Templates > forum_view

    2) AFTER
    Code:
    </xen:h1>
    3 ADD
    Code:
    <p>Discuss {$forum.title} topics at YOUR DOMAIN</p>
    And that's it.

    Watch some 'weight' get passed to your main categories. And watch some rankings climb for your threads.

    This really does need a forum with some content in it, it wont work and maybe borderline grey-area for a forum that's new.

    All the best.

    Donny.