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Advanced Noindex (Lite) (Count/Prune/Move) by Forumsetup.net
Mod Version: 1.5, by tpearl5 (Coder/Designer) tpearl5 is offline
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vB Version: 4.x.x Rating: (1 vote - 5.00 average) Installs: 12
Released: 22 Jul 2014 Last Update: 04 Aug 2014 Downloads: 84
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Advanced Noindex makes it amazingly easy to only display your best content to search engines.

It's been debated whether noindexing thin forum content helps or hurts your site. Particularly those that have been hit with a Panda update. There was a pretty good indicator lately that noindexing may be a good option for forums. See this Google hangout with Webmaster Central staff that specifically addresses forums, and managing their content:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8r3IIPCHt0E#t=4142

Some more commentary from Google:
Another thing you didn't mention, but which is common with forums is low-quality user-generated content. If you have ways of recognizing this kind of content, and blocking it from indexing, it can make it much easier for algorithms to review the overall quality of your website. The same methods can be used to block forum spam from being indexed for your forum. Depending on the forum, there might be different ways of recognizing that automatically, but it's generally worth finding automated ways to help you keep things clean & high-quality, especially when a site consists of mostly user-generated content.
via: https://productforums.google.com/for...Tbc/discussion

So with that I present Advanced Noindex. There have been other noindex mods created, but this is by far the most advanced.

Here are the features:

For threads:
  • Everything is done automatically, so if a thread meets one of the criteria set, the noindex tag will be removed without any intervention
  • All options can be dependent upon one another for some really specific noindexing
  • Test mode
  • Minumim number of words to noindex a thread
  • Minumim number of replies to noindex a thread
  • Age in days of last post to noindex a thread
  • Thread prefix ID's to noindex
  • Noindex threads with attachments or not
  • Noindex all threads in a forum (and option to noindex forumdisplay pages for these forums)
  • Noindex their forumdisplay pages
  • Noindex threads started by usergroup
  • Noindex specific members' threads
  • Members to exclude from noindex (whitelist)

For pages:
  • member profile pages
  • tag pages
  • faq pages
  • calendar pages
  • memberlist
  • printthread
  • all forumdisplay pages

Pro Version
The pro version adds these features. You can count, move, and prune threads based on:
  • First post thread word count is X words or less
  • Thread has 1 or more attachments
  • Thread has 1 or more URLs
  • Thread has 1 or more external Images
  • Thread has 1 or more Videos
  • The title contains
  • The title does NOT contain
  • Post text contains
  • Post text does NOT contain
  • Original post date is at least X days ago
  • Last post date is at least X days ago
  • Thread is sticky
  • Thread state
  • Thread status
  • Posted by User IDs
  • NOT posted by User IDs
  • Posted by Guestname
  • Forum
  • Prefix

To get the Pro version please go here.

Notes
Before you install, take a good hard look at your Google rankings, your traffic, and your content. If you think that you could do better or have done better then this mod may help. If manual moderation/content deletion is not an option then this mod can definitely help! If your traffic declined after a Panda update it will also help!

If you truly think that all of your content is good content, and you have really good moderators that look after that content, then there is really no reason to use this mod.

Install instructions:
  1. Install the product file
  2. Go to Settings > Advanced Noindex and set everything (things are OFF by default)


There are an infinite number of ways you can noindex threads. Mine are set to noindex threads that have less than 15 words and no replies. This is pretty conservative and I have a high degree of confidence that these threads are junk anyway.

You could potentially noindex threads that have less than 100 words, 1 reply or less, more than 2 years old by members in the registered usergroup.

OR you could simply noindex all threads with less than 200 words.

OR all threads created by a small list of users under the 'news' prefix.

The list goes on and on...


Please be smart and test things after you set something!!


Disclaimer: Forumsetup.net is in no way responsible for loss in traffic to your site.

This modification does NOT insert a copyright on your site. It may NOT be redistributed without permission.

Release log
7/22/14 - initial release
7/23/14 - improved logic considerably, added prefix option, added test option
8/4/14 - added an option to exclude member from noindexing and an option to noindex (or exclude) threads with attachments - created pro version that has a tool to count, prune, and move threads based on advanced criteria

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Old 22 Jul 2014, 18:45
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First?

Yes, that´s the mod I was looking for last week. Thanks for reading my mind, tpearl
Testing. Last Google Update for our sites was march, 9th and we expect the next just around the next 2 weeks. So it will take some time to come up with some convincing results.

Good one, tpearl.
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Old 22 Jul 2014, 19:18
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Originally Posted by Marv View Post
First?

Yes, that´s the mod I was looking for last week. Thanks for reading my mind, tpearl
Testing. Last Google Update for our sites was march, 9th and we expect the next just around the next 2 weeks. So it will take some time to come up with some convincing results.

Good one, tpearl.
Awesome! Let me know if you have any suggestions! What are you using to track updates?
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Old 22 Jul 2014, 19:40
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Originally Posted by tpearl5 View Post
Awesome! Let me know if you have any suggestions! What are you using to track updates?
Thanks for the offer, but that will take some time to see what it really achieves on the other end. I was using another mod from the graveyard meanwhile and noticed that BigG was dropping a few thousand threads. Of course, I adjusted the screw tighter very slowly and careful. But in the end - after 2 months - I had no significant loss of visitors, but a slightly better time on site, pages per visit. I´ld expect the same from yours and starting at the point, where I´m now leaving the old mod.

We´ve been monitored by AGOF (http://www.agof.de/). Quite expensive, but worth the money. So we always now, when and where Google made an update, called as out with a penalty aso. Guess, there´s something similiar existing for the US.
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Old 22 Jul 2014, 19:54
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Originally Posted by Marv View Post
Thanks for the offer, but that will take some time to see what it really achieves on the other end. I was using another mod from the graveyard meanwhile and noticed that BigG was dropping a few thousand threads. Of course, I adjusted the screw tighter very slowly and careful. But in the end - after 2 months - I had no significant loss of visitors, but a slightly better time on site, pages per visit. I´ld expect the same from yours and starting at the point, where I´m now leaving the old mod.

We´ve been monitored by AGOF (http://www.agof.de/). Quite expensive, but worth the money. So we always now, when and where Google made an update, called as out with a penalty aso. Guess, there´s something similiar existing for the US.
Oh I see. Thanks for explaining. Yes, there are similar products available in the US. It will be interesting to see the results from your monitoring tool.
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Old 23 Jul 2014, 00:01
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Is there some general guidelines what is optimum setup?
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Old 23 Jul 2014, 01:30
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Originally Posted by Alan_SP View Post
Is there some general guidelines what is optimum setup?
It highly depends on your content. I noindex'ed my 'new member introduction' forum, everything but forumdisplay pages, and anything with less than 15 words and no replies. Maybe you have a newbie usergroup or an RSS poster bot whose threads you want to noindex too.
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Old 23 Jul 2014, 03:30
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FYI, until I figure out how this could be integrated into the mod, you can run this query to determine how many threads you would be noindexing if you set it based on words and replies. Just change the 1 after replycount and 15 after words to whatever.
WARNING: this query could take a while if you have a lot of threads. I ran it on one of my sites with almost 200k threads and it took 5 seconds, but results will vary.

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Old 23 Jul 2014, 18:07
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Thanks for providing. Roundabout 10k to get rid off, w/o member profiles and other pages. Hope it won´t hurt that much.
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Old 23 Jul 2014, 19:58
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Just updated to 1.1 !
  • improved logic considerably
  • added prefix option
  • added test option
  • added options for forum, members, and usergroup conditions to function independently of other options


Please be aware that if in the previous version you had an entire forum, usergroup, or members set and you want them to work independently of the other options you'll have to set the independent option for that option. Otherwise everything will function as an AND statement.

In otherwords, the logic is much more advanced now, so you can say things like "Noindex threads with less than 100 words, 0 replies, 5 years old, in forums 1,2,3, posted by usergroups 5,6 and users 80,90,100."
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Old 23 Jul 2014, 21:04
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You´ve set 0 posts and 15 words, John? I have my cleansweep project running with 2 and 200. Will be a surprise what we will see in 3 month. Not sure that my way is the right one - or the highway

Thumbs up for the enhanced product, John!

Last edited by Marv; 24 Jul 2014 at 09:26.
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Old 23 Jul 2014, 21:53
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Originally Posted by Marv View Post
You´ve set 0 posts and 15 words, John? I have my cleansweep project running with 2 and 200. Will be a surprise what we will see in 3 month. Not sure that my way is right one - or the highway

Thumbs up for the enhanced product, John!
Yep, and that actually noindexes a lot of junk for me. Of course it will be different for everyone. I'm confident that Google will appreciate your cleanup!
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Old 24 Jul 2014, 09:48
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How this will work with CMS Articles/Comments ?
Will it work for CMS at all...?
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Old 24 Jul 2014, 11:48
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Originally Posted by goxy63 View Post
How this will work with CMS Articles/Comments ?
Will it work for CMS at all...?
You could noindex the comment forum but that's it for now.
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Old 24 Jul 2014, 15:38
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Originally Posted by Marv View Post
Thanks for providing. Roundabout 10k to get rid off, w/o member profiles and other pages. Hope it won´t hurt that much.
You might want to run that query again with what I updated it to above. I had a greater than sign for the reply count when it should have been less than.
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