Fixed Nofollow ?order=vote_score

Affected version
2.2.3

nrep

Well-known member
Question threads have sort links like "?order=vote_score" that are not nofollowed, which is causing lots of duplicate crawl URL errors in Google Search Console and takes up a lot of crawl budget.
 

BT10

Active member
The Q&A forum type is creating some SEO issues for us as well. I recently reported the schema markup here, and now I just discovered that the "?order=vote_score" is causing duplicate content. I hope the dev team can look into this and help fix these issues.
 

BT10

Active member
@Anatoliy Not at all. Technically speaking, that would be the alternative, but seen too many times that things still get indexed by Google even when I put a rule in the robots.txt. The ultimate solution is nofollow.
 

XF Bug Bot

XenForo bug fixer bot
Staff member
Thank you for reporting this issue, it has now been resolved. We are aiming to include any changes that have been made in a future XF release (2.2.4).

Change log:
If a thread as multiple sort options, ensure the additional links are marked as nofollow
There may be a delay before changes are rolled out to the XenForo Community.
 

Mike

XenForo developer
Staff member
and now I just discovered that the "?order=vote_score" is causing duplicate content.
It's worth mentioning that this wouldn't be true. There is a rel=canonical tag present that doesn't include filters and that is how you prevent the same content from being indexed with multiple URLs.

Crawl budget would be a separate issue (though there isn't strictly a guarantee that nofollow blocks a search engine from actually following a link.
 

BT10

Active member
@Mike Thanks. You are correct on that. Sorry I didn't update my old comment. I saw that Google has decided to ignore those links due to the dedicated rel=canonical tag.
 
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