Add option for any .pdf downloadable resource to have a direct link to file be added to sitemap

bzcomputers

Active member
Google currently indexes hundreds of millions of .pdfs.

It appears the way .pdfs are currently stored and linked in Xenforo 2.x even if they are accessible to the public for download there is no way for Google link to, access, scan and index the actual full-named.pdf file directly.

It would be beneficial if an option could be added for individual .pdf resources, that don't have limited download permissions, the ability to place a direct link to the full-named.pdf resource file in the sitemap.

Many PDFs contain a ton of rich content that Google can read and index. Google also looks at internal and external links within the document and even weighs the file name (and in turn creates it's search engine's direct link back url). All of these SEO possibilities are currently being missed.
 

bzcomputers

Active member
I can reconfirm this issue. I have dozens of .pdfs and not a single one is being indexed by Google (which they were with my previous forum software). The only thing showing in Google Search now is the thread I have automatically created announcing the availability of the resource.

Seems like such a option packed add-on like the XenForo Resource Manager should do better at getting resources into search engines. It wouldn't take much to make this a much better product for getting more traffic. Just add the ability for direct links to files (.pdf).

The more I use XenForo 2 the more weaknesses I see as far as overall sitemap integration. Yes, Google is great at finding content in basic websites, but if you place the data in highly structured and advanced templates and it will not do all that well unless you spell it out for them in the sitemap. Not to mention it typically gets indexed and updated much quicker.
 
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