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SEO/Google Indexing

Discussion in 'XenForo Questions and Support' started by King, Jun 30, 2012.

  1. King

    King New Member

    Hiya,

    I hope this is the right place to post. Basically, my site comes up as "Index of" when I do site:example.com without www. but with www. it comes up with site:

    sitename


    www.example.com/index.php
    Your name or email address: Do you already have an account? Forgot your password? No, create an account now. Yes, my password is: Stay logged in ...
    I've added both non and www version to webmaster tools, I've also added meta tags etc. I'm not sure why it wont updated, it's been a few days, and a lot of google crawl bots have been lerking my site. It just seems as though it wont change the index. I also have this as my .htaccess file to use www redirect.

    Yes, my site is a .us domain. Would appreciate it if someone could help me out.
     
  2. Jake Bunce

    Jake Bunce XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    I can only guess without accessing the site.

    Assuming both subdomains are parked on the same site, the .htaccess file might be responsible. Try temporarily removing the .htaccess file to see if that affects the error.

    Code:
    # Redirect code used to always include WWWW in URL address.
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !^www\.example\.us$ [NC]
    RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.example.us/$1 [R=301,L]
    
    This rule will only fire when the URL doesn't use "www" which is when the problem occurs so it might be related. Note that if your forum (and .htaccess file) is installed in a subdirectory then you need to include that in the rule:

    Code:
    # Redirect code used to always include WWWW in URL address.
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !^www\.example\.us$ [NC]
    RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.example.us/dir/$1 [R=301,L]
    
     
  3. King

    King New Member

    The files are on the root directory. If I remove the .htaccess file from the root, for a while, how long do you think it would take for a possible change to occur to the searches etc? I'm happy to give you access to the site, if you would be willing to help me out, I'd appreciate it. TeamViewer or something.
     
  4. Jake Bunce

    Jake Bunce XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Oh you are talking about Google search results? Those can potentially take weeks to update. If the page is showing correctly for you then you can expect Google to update their records eventually.
     
  5. King

    King New Member

    Ahh, I guess it's just my patience and lack of knowledge about how it all works. So it will eventually change the "Index of" on the non-www search to what it says with www? I added both non-www and www to webmaster tools? Is there anything else I can edit with XenForo to enhance search results? Templates etc?
     
  6. Jake Bunce

    Jake Bunce XenForo Moderator Staff Member

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