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Post by Wing6704 on May 19th 2015, 4:08 pm

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Forum version : #phpBB3
Position : Founder
Concerned browser(s) : Safari
Screenshot of problem : https://www.dropbox.com/s/rqw619p8z8bhz33/Screen%20Shot%202015-05-19%20at%2015.04.56.png?dl=0
Who the problem concerns : Yourself
When the problem appeared : couple years ago
Forum link :

Description of problem

Hi,

I wanted to add a short description to our forum, it currently says 'A description for this result is not available because of this site's robots.txt '

In google wen I search for it. I would like to know how to change this, whilst not compromising the site security.

Any help/guidance much appreciated.

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Post by Sir. Mayo on May 19th 2015, 4:14 pm

Have you changed it yet?

If so, Please note that it takes a while for google to update the sites description give it a bout 48-72 hours if you have changed it.


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Post by Wing6704 on May 19th 2015, 4:43 pm

Hey Sir Mayo,

where would I change it?

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Post by Sir. Mayo on May 19th 2015, 4:53 pm

Go to

ACP>General>Forum promotion> Search engines

Then fill in the site description box with your info.

Also you may want to add some key words to make your forum easier to be found when googled.
Again it will take a few days for google to update your site description.

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Post by Wing6704 on May 19th 2015, 5:09 pm

Okay, I just noticed I already had filled in some description text, from a few years back, this never went through into Google? Does that sound right?

https://www.dropbox.com/s/v2a3l78rylx4oji/Screen%20Shot%202015-05-19%20at%2016.06.16.png?dl=0

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Post by Sir. Mayo on May 19th 2015, 5:14 pm

No that does not sound right.

What is your forum url?

Also see if these topics help you:


http://help.forumotion.com/t23007-optimize-your-forum-referencing-with-google-sitemaps


http://help.forumotion.com/t9488-google-webmaster-tools



EDIT: I also noticed i have site description in my ACP From a while ago but its Showing up on google as well, Just thought i would add that I'm having this issue as well.

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Post by Wing6704 on May 19th 2015, 5:20 pm

URL ishttp://www.orthodontic-solutions.com but it's a private forum for clinicians etc.. as we review their cases.

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Re: Site description hidden

Post by Sir. Mayo on May 19th 2015, 5:31 pm

Is your entire forum set to Members only? Can guests view anything?

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Post by Wing6704 on May 19th 2015, 5:32 pm

No. Is this what's causing the problem?

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Post by Sir. Mayo on May 19th 2015, 5:34 pm

It could have been, but as long as guests can see posts it should be indexing.

Did you by any chance disable the ability for bots to view your forum?

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Post by Wing6704 on May 26th 2015, 1:18 pm

Where would I disable bots on to the forum? I don't think i did? I have tried to look, but can't find such an option.

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Re: Site description hidden

Post by SLGray on May 26th 2015, 11:20 pm

You can not stop bots. The only thing that bots can index is what guests can see.


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Post by brandon_g on May 27th 2015, 1:46 am

@SLGray wrote:You can not stop bots. The only thing that bots can index is what guests can see.

Not entirely true. There is a way to prevent them, however, I would like to emphasive this is NOT recommended as it can affect your search engine placement and ranking. http://help.forumotion.com/t55170-bots-who-and-what-they-are

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Post by SLGray on May 27th 2015, 2:45 am

I would not recommend blocking bots. If you want to promote your forum, it would be best to let the bots index your forum.


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