A few basic SEO improvements

Mr Lucky

Well-known member
We have had a few SEO improvements lately (e.g. noindexing of forums) but the main things in this regard that I would like to see now are:

  • Custom meta description for threads
  • Custom meta title for threads
  • no index for individual threads

The Google search results otherwise just show the users's title and the description may be the first sentence or some random text from the thread. having control means you can make the search results look more attractive, useful and clickable.

Noindexing threads is useful to stop a thread from being indexed that you still might want on the forum, but is just not so useful as search result. Also Google may only index a certain number of threads, so you want it to concentrate on what you consider the best ones to attract traffic.

Obviously there could be a lot more, for me custom external rel = canonical would be good, but I'm just mentioning a very few in the hope there is more chance of implementation if we aren't too demanding.

I hope others can also see the need for these simple features and upvote, thank you!

(You have to vote now as opposed just like to give a suggestion the best chance)
 
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Lee

Well-known member
We have had a few SEO improvements lately (e.g. noindexing of forums) but the main things in this regard that I would like to see now are:

  • Custom meta description for threads
  • Custom meta title for threads
  • no index for individual threads

The Google search results otherwise just show the users's title and the description may be the first sentence or some random text from the thread. having control means you can make the search results look more attractive, useful and clickable.

Noindexing threads is useful to stop a thread from being indexed that you still might want on the forum, but is just not so useful as search result. Also Google may only index a certain number of threads, so you want it to concentrate on what you consider the best ones to attract traffic.

Obviously there could be a lot more, for me custom external rel = canonical would be good, but I'm just mentioning a very few in the hope there is more chance of implementation if we aren't too demanding.

I hope others can also see the need for these simple features and upvote, thank you!

(You have to vote now as opposed just like to give a suggestion the best chance)
You can do that with custom thread fields in the interim. Requires a template edit though.
 

Lee

Well-known member
I have got this setup now, I will hopefully have a spare bit of time in the morning to write up the guide.
 

Lee

Well-known member
There is a small issue in using custom thread fields.

They show up in the body of the message - so we need to hide them using CSS. This is fine, but unfortunately, it doesn't seem possible to target individual custom thread fields with styling - so I have to hide them ALL.

If you use thread fields anywhere else, this will not work well for you.
 
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