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XF 1.4 Index by Google - not the whole page?

Discussion in 'XenForo Questions and Support' started by flowerpot132, Oct 2, 2015.

  1. flowerpot132

    flowerpot132 Formerly mugtree

    Our forum is private. You have to be a member to login and read anything.

    At the moment google indexes about 12 pages, eg homepage, terms an conditions, FAQs page etc. All the pages that anyone can read.

    Can i open it up so google indexed all pages, but still be behind a login wall? So can you feed google just the meta title and a description that maybe takes the first 160 characters from the OP? Might this be enough for it to get indexed, then a user clicks on it and they then have to join the forum.

    Or is this a bit sneaky and google just won't index it as it's not great for the user as there is no content on the actual page, unless they join the forum.
     
  2. Martok

    Martok Well-Known Member

  3. flowerpot132

    flowerpot132 Formerly mugtree

    Ah ok, I thought it didn't make sense. Won't do that then. Cheers.
     
  4. flowerpot132

    flowerpot132 Formerly mugtree

    Our forum isn't noindex, google just doesn't index it because it's behind a login wall. That's fine right? Not cloaking, as we are showing both the user and google the same page.
     
  5. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    That's fine.
     
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  6. flowerpot132

    flowerpot132 Formerly mugtree

  7. flowerpot132

    flowerpot132 Formerly mugtree

    Because it is only showing the first post, and not hiding anything right?
     
  8. Mike

    Mike XenForo Developer Staff Member

    As long as you show the same things to guests and Google itself, you'll be fine.
     

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