Limited Guest Viewing

Anyway to do this like the vbulletin mod.

Just looking to still allow google bots in.. but require people to login to view threads.
 

Mike

XenForo developer
Staff member
There's an implication of allowing search engines in to view the threads - this is borderline cloaking to Google, so it's not recommended.
 

Markos

Well-known member
There's an implication of allowing search engines in to view the threads - this is borderline cloaking to Google, so it's not recommended.
Yes, but i see many vary famous forums that using it around the years...never happened to see one of that penalized or banned by google.

In theory you're right, in the pratice i think that Google (the quality raters, i don't think that a bot can recognize this "trick) are sufficiently intelligent for see that it's not a trick for have more google visits. IMHO...i think it's a grey hat tecnique. But i'm love to see a mod to doing that on Xenforo. Very very useful to attract new users.
 

Junior

Well-known member
It works by putting a cookie on the users browser, should they read x amount of posts the cookie stops them from viewing any more. Guests could clear cookies to bypass it but a lot of them don't know that or just are to lazy so they have to register/login.

It works because bots don't use cookies.
 
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