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Post by Richardr on June 24th 2020, 8:15 am

We get strange results when we google search the forum in this manner:

site:ancaps.forumotion.com some thread heading

Instead of that thread being listed in the search results, the forum's inbuilt sitemap is listed.

How can we solve this?

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(we use phpBB2)


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Solved Re: Forum search doesn't function properly

Post by skouliki on June 24th 2020, 8:21 am

hello

please post your forum url
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Solved Re: Forum search doesn't function properly

Post by Richardr on June 24th 2020, 10:12 am

https://ancaps.forumotion.com/

I have edited my first post, as it was misleading.
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Post by skouliki on June 24th 2020, 10:21 am

you mean the search option in your forum or the google results if you search your forum url ?
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Post by Richardr on June 24th 2020, 10:25 am

The latter, if you mean a search as described in the first post...

site:ancaps.forumotion.com some thread heading
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Post by skouliki on June 24th 2020, 10:29 am

this is because you dont use this https:

search the whole url https://ancaps.forumotion.com/
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Solved Re: Forum search doesn't function properly

Post by Richardr on June 25th 2020, 5:13 am

We appreciate the suggestion, but it didn't make any difference in this case.

Do you know of any other possibilities worth investigating?

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Solved Re: Forum search doesn't function properly

Post by SLGray on June 25th 2020, 6:29 am

Is your forum new?  If yes, it takes time for Google to index your forum.  Also understand that only what is visible to guests will be indexed.   You can speed up the process by sharing content from your forum on social media.


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Post by Richardr on June 25th 2020, 6:45 am

Thanks for your reply SLGray

No, our forum is not new, and guests can view all posts.

Something else is amiss.
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Post by SLGray on June 25th 2020, 6:46 am

What exactly are you using when you do a Google search>  I mean keywords.


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Post by Richardr on June 25th 2020, 8:09 am

Code that specifies our site, followed by a post heading.

Here's an example:

site:ancaps.forumotion.com 5 Radical Schooling Ideas For An Uncertain Fall And Beyond

Goolge does not list the specific post, only a few sitemap urls e.g. this one:
https://ancaps.forumotion.com/sitemap11.xml

Here's the actual post, which is not listed.
https://ancaps.forumotion.com/t85367-5-radical-schooling-ideas-for-an-uncertain-fall-and-beyond


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Post by APE on June 25th 2020, 7:35 pm

Sadly we have no power over what google lists from your forum.

As far as i know the only real way to make google find posts faster is to make more posts in it and get members to view it more.

Google don't like to list any threads that are not used often.


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Post by SLGray on June 25th 2020, 9:04 pm

Also share the topic to Twiiter, Facebook, etc.  There are share links above the topics.


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Post by Richardr on June 26th 2020, 4:25 am

Not really resolved, but thanks for all the assistance.
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Solved Re: Forum search doesn't function properly

Post by skouliki on June 26th 2020, 8:31 am

Problem solved & topic archived.
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