Add-on Search Engine Bots as Members


Hi there,

in vb3 I used for about 3 years this mod:
It was possible to treat search engine bots as members, so that they had access to closed or hidden forums. You could creat an own usergroup for them and it worked pretty well.

Check out the link I hvae posted. Is it possible that anybody could program such an addon for XF? There is a free updated bot (spider) ip list on the web

Can anybody program this for XF?


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For seo that is no good idea. If google recognizes, that you deliver to google content, that is not accesiable for guests, it will downrank your site.


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Believe me, it will not, I checked it and testet it for some years on 3 boards ;)

And there were no Google Panda or Penguin updates!! - Anyway, when I come across those websites on google, I find them highly annoying.