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Old 10-09-2006, 08:15 PM   #1
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Am I the only one here that didn't know every word of every message is now findable by Google?

(a) Is that how we wanted it?

(b) if not, does it have to be?
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Old 10-09-2006, 08:53 PM   #2
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When we set up this forum we tried to make it attractive to search engines. We did surprisingly well.
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Old 10-10-2006, 06:25 AM   #3
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Am I the only one here that didn't know every word of every message is now findable by Google?

(a) Is that how we wanted it?

(b) if not, does it have to be?
Well, yes, we did want it. It is how we grow — people seeking advice on (or just wanting to discuss) particular topics find us via Google.

One can certainly have a private forum on the web. But that was not the CompuServe model we started with, and it was not what we planned for.

   
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Old 10-11-2006, 10:05 AM   #4
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Yes, we have an open forum and it is well indexed by Google and other search engines.

For those seeking advice, it is good to keep in mind that URLs or other specific references will be picked up by the seach engines, and potentially by our clients, too. I carefully did not mention the URL or the name of that local bookstore that I recently sought advice about, for that very reason.

Of course, including the URL here is also likely to count as a link for popularity purposes with search engines, which may be the desired effect. If a forum member wants advice about a specific URL without publishing it to the search engines, that member can send private emails or messages, which aren't indexed. Perhaps someone has a better way to do that, though.

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Old 10-11-2006, 12:08 PM   #5
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If a forum member wants advice about a specific URL without publishing it to the search engines, that member can send private emails or messages, which aren't indexed. Perhaps someone has a better way to do that, though.
I would think that listing the URL without the http:// bit in front and separating its parts like thiswebsite . com would keep it from being visited prematurely by a search engine bot. It would be enough for forum members to copy the important bit to paste into their browser's URL field followed by the dot-whatever.

   
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Did you say somehing naughty? ;-)

   
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