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Post by BravoSix July 10th 2020, 6:54 pm

I'm wondering if closing my community to guests/lurkers, may adversely affect my placement or indexing with search engines? I'm thinking that because topics/subjects can't be indexed.

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Post by SarkZKalie July 10th 2020, 7:06 pm

I think Yes


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Solved Re: Another question about closing my forum to guests

Post by BravoSix July 10th 2020, 7:08 pm

Hmmmm..... that could be problematic for me. Think
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Solved Re: Another question about closing my forum to guests

Post by jucarese July 10th 2020, 7:15 pm

Search engines enter as guests to the forums, if you close everything for the guests the crawlers will not be able to index the forum.
But you can leave them open only to read but not to write or answer if they don't register, if you don't want them to copy anything there are also Javacripts to avoid it.
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Post by BravoSix July 10th 2020, 7:20 pm

Wouldn't the info that they copy be something necessary to index?

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Post by jucarese July 11th 2020, 11:52 am

the only way to prohibit the bot from tracking you is through the robot.txt file, if it had such an entry:
User-Agent: Googlebot
Disallow: /
you can see your robots.txt file adding that to the end of your forum https: // url of your forum / robots.txt and see if you have that entry in the file, if not the bot crawls without problems.

What the bot does is capture the urls of your forum.
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Post by BravoSix July 11th 2020, 3:28 pm

Thanks guys. Much appreciated.

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Post by skouliki July 11th 2020, 3:39 pm

The topic was posted in the wrong section, so I have moved it to the correct section.
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