phpbb manipulating main sites keywords

by poppybaby 2 replies
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I have a site that basically has 50 pages of content. In addition to the site I have a URL.com/phpbb-forum It is linked to the main site's front page.

I think it is creating a problem for my SEO because in the Webmaster tools the "keywords" section is showing many of the repeated words that occur with forums. This is suppressing the true content that I want to be relevant for the main URL.

Questions:
Is this really a problem for SEO?
Does Google give lots of credit to this portion of the Webmaster tool?
How can I stop this from happening, short of removing the forum?

Many thanks!
#search engine optimization #keywords #main #manipulating #phpbb #sites
  • Profile picture of the author almondj
    Inserting some canonical code into your includes/page_header.php can help mend any duplicate content. THIS IS FOR PHPBB2!

    This is something I wrote up for a gaming site of mine.

    Open includes/page_header.php

    Insert the following code anywhere on the page:

    PHP Code:
    //Getting the current page for assign vars (canonical purposes)
    //Remove the space in "$ VAR"

    $ VAR = "http://DOMAIN.com/$ _SERVER[REQUEST_URI]";

    if(
    preg_match("/viewforum.php/", )) {
    $ VAR = 
    "http://DOMAIN.com/viewforum.php?f=$ _GET[f]";
    }

    if(
    preg_match("/viewtopic.php/", )) {
    $ VAR = 
    "http://DOMAIN.com/viewtopic.php?t=$ _GET[t]";

    In the $template->assign_vars(array()); part of the page add the following code:

    PHP Code:
    'U_CANONICAL' => "$ VAR"
    Open templates/STYLE/overall_header.tpl

    In the head section post the following:

    HTML Code:
    <link rel="canonical" href="{U_CANONICAL}">
    Hopefully that helps.
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    • Profile picture of the author poppybaby
      That took a lot of time for you to write out, thanks. I will give that a shot this weekend.
      But did anyone see my other questions?
      Is this really a problem for SEO?
      Does Google give lots of credit to this portion of the Webmaster tool?
      How can I stop this from happening, short of removing the forum?
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