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XF 1.5 New threads not being indexed by Google?

Discussion in 'Troubleshooting and Problems' started by Amin Sabet, Aug 18, 2016.

  1. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Well-Known Member

    For my site: https://www.mu-43.com

    It used to be that if I were to Google a unique or unusual thread name a few hours after it was posted, that thread would come up in the search results every time, without fail.

    These days, threads generally do not come up in a search, even if I wait a few days and the thread has many replies.

    Take for example this thread: https://www.mu-43.com/threads/deet-based-bug-spray-around-camera-equipment-bags.86372/

    A search for

    "Deet-based bug spray around camera equipment/bags..."
    doesn't return any results.

    This also returns nothing, indicating that the thread is not indexed:

    site:mu-43.com  Deet-based bug spray around camera equipment/bags
    I've tried Googling a lot of other threads that way, and I come up with links to the forum index where threads were linked at one time or another, or page 11 of a thread which I am searching by title, but the actual threads themselves (first page) aren't coming up like they used to.

    Here's what my Sitemap options look like:


    There are no messages or errors showing in Google Webmaster tools, and the sitemap seems to be fine:


    My site's direct traffic has held steady over time:


    But Google traffic has steadily declined:


    Am I missing something? Is there a better way to submit new thread URLs for indexing?
  2. Mike

    Mike XenForo Developer Staff Member

  3. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Well-Known Member

    I think so:


    Maybe Google just considers my content lower quality than before? Is there any other possible explanation?
  4. James

    James Well-Known Member

    I've not used Google webmaster tools for a while but cant you upload a site map and/or ask it to do a re-crawl?
  5. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Well-Known Member

    Yes, GWT has my sitemap there and processes it 3 times a week.

    I used to keep recent threads in the sidebar but stopped doing that. I'm going to try putting them back to see if that helps.
  6. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Well-Known Member

    My best guess is that I've had too many affiliate links on my site. Was using an addon to automatically convert certain phrases to affiliate links. Probably incurred a Panda penalty. Have removed that addon. Fingers crossed!

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